11/22/2016 2:44PM

New blood in weanling market

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Barbara D. Livingston
War Front led all weanling sires by gross at the Keeneland November sale.

Familiar names led the weanling sire standings at Keeneland November, although judging by the strong performances of first-year sires, they could have some company at the top soon.

Popular commercial sire War Front finished as the top weanling sire by gross, with eight youngsters sold for a total of $5,131,000, led by the sale’s most expensive weanling, a $1.45 million colt sold to Coolmore. The linchpin of the Claiborne Farm roster, War Front edged out his fiercest commercial rival, Gainesway’s Tapit, who came in with five sold for $3,460,000. The latter, North America’s two-time reigning leading sire, did best War Front by average price, at $692,000 to $641,875.

Rounding out the top 10 weanling sires by total gross receipts were rising star Uncle Mo; Scat Daddy, represented by his final crop; and Curlin, Will Take Charge, Medaglia d’Oro, Cairo Prince, Into Mischief, and Verrazano. Will Take Charge, Cairo Prince, and Verrazano are all first-year sires.

Champion Will Take Charge, who stands at Three Chimneys, was represented by 18 weanlings sold for $2,132,000 and also led first-year sires by average at $128,444. His group was led by a $350,000 colt out of Grade 1 winner Summer Soiree, sold to Dennis O’Neill.