07/22/2014 11:30AM

War Chant to stand in Australia permanently


Breeders’ Cup Mile winner and shuttle sire War Chant will remain in Australia permanently beginning with the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season, standing at Yarradale Stud in Gidgegannup, Western Australia.

The 17-year-old Danzig horse began his stud career in 2001 at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky. He has shuttled to Yarradale for the last three years, and also shuttled to Chile in the past. He will stand the 2014 Southern Hemisphere season for a fee of $16,000 Australian (about $15,000 in U.S. funds). He stood his final season at Three Chimneys this spring for $7,500.

War Chant won 5 of 7 starts for earnings of $1,130,600, capping his career with a hard-charging victory in the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs. He also won the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile on turf and the San Rafael Stakes on dirt, both Grade 2 events, and was second in the Santa Anita Derby.

War Chant is the sire of 345 winners from 491 starters through July 21 – a 70 percent strike rate – including 37 stakes winners. His top runners in the U.S. include Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Chamberlain Bridge, who won 13 stakes and more than $1.9 million; 2011 Santa Anita Derby winner Midnight Interlude; and steeplechase champion Pierrot Lunaire. Internationally, his top runners include Irish Group 1 winner Kingsfort and Japanese standouts Molto Grande and Central Coast.

Out of Breeders' Cup Distaff winner and champion Hollywood Wildcat, War Chant is a half-brother to Group 2 winner and sire Ivan Denisovich, stakes winner and California sire Ministers Wild Cat, and stakes winner Double Cat.