11/14/2017 4:11PM

Tommy Town to stand War Envoy, Saburo

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Barbara D. Livingston
War Envoy earned nearly $500,000 in his racing career.

War Envoy and Saburo, a pair of runners owned by Ruis Racing, will enter stud at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., for the 2018 breeding season.

Saburo will stand for an advertised fee of $3,000. The 3-year-old Medaglia d’Oro colt was purchased by Mick Ruis of Ruis Racing for $600,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale, and was unplaced in two starts.

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Bred in Kentucky by H. Allen Poindexter, Saburo is out of the stakes-placed Lemon Drop Kid mare Kid Majic, whose three winners from four runners includes Canadian champion Miss Mischief. He is from the family of Grade 1 winner J P’s Gusto.

“I purchased Saburo because I loved the way he moved and because I love the family, which is still very active,” Ruis said. “His dam has a Bernardini and some nice Tapits in the pipeline. A little further back is the 2-year-old stakes winner Dak Attack, who is undefeated and should be on the Derby trail next spring.”

War Envoy, a 5-year-old son of War Front, will stand for $5,000. He retires with two wins in 26 starts and earnings of $494,781.

The horse began his ontrack career in Europe for the Coolmore partnership, placing in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes in England and the Group 2 Gain Railway Stakes and Group 3 Round Tower Stakes in Ireland.

He was then sent to the Western Hemisphere, where he ran third in the 2016 Barbados Gold Cup, and later sold to Ruis at that year’s Fasig-Tipton summer select horses of racing age sale. In January, he raced in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup.

“I have so much admiration for War Envoy,” Ruis said. “He always tried but didn’t always have the best of luck. He’s another with a good family – his third dam is Winning Colors – and his full brother just sold for $750,000 to Cheveley Park Stud at Keeneland September. We plan to support both War Envoy and Saburo with a good number of our own mares. In fact, we’re looking to buy some mares as we speak.”

Bred in Kentucky by Joseph Allen, War Envoy is out of the French stakes-winning Elusive Quality mare La Conseillante, who is the dam of three winners from five runners. Japanese Group 3 winner Cheerful Smile is in the extended family.