07/18/2016 2:20PM

War Front progeny win stakes on dirt and turf


The popular commercial sire War Front displayed his versatility Saturday with a pair of stakes winners, as American Patriot won the Grade 3 Kent Stakes on the Delaware Park turf and Departing won the Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stakes on dirt at Indiana Grand.

American Patriot posted his third win from six career starts, and his first stakes win, in the Kent. The WinStar Farm homebred is out of the Tiznow mare Life Well Lived, a full sister to Dubai World Cup winner Well Armed.

The Schaefer was the sixth stakes victory for the 6-year-old Departing, who is closing in on $2 million in career earnings. The versatile gelding won the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby and Super Derby and Grade 3 Illinois Derby three years ago; he also won the Grade 2 Firecracker Stakes (now the Wise Dan) on turf last year.

Departing runs as a homebred for Claiborne Farm and longtime partner Adele B. Dilschneider. Claiborne stands War Front at its historic farm in Paris, Ky., and the partnership sent out another homebred son of the stallion to win on Saturday, as Lull wired a maiden special weight on the Belmont turf. Like American Patriot, Lull is out of a Tiznow mare.