On the Warpath

Spring seems to have come early for Three Chimneys Farm sire War Chant (TrueNicks,SRO) . On February 7, his very speedy son Chamberlain Bridge took the 5 1/2-furlong Colonel Power Stakes on turf at Fair Grounds by three lengths in a time less than half a second outside the course-record. Out of the Trempolino mare She's Got Class (a half-sister to broodmare standout Felicita), Chamberlain Bridge is a product of a version of the very successful Danzig/Sharpen Up (GB) cross, and is rated A++ by TrueNicks.

Then on Valentine's Day came an impressive double. The 6-year-old mare Ballymore Lady scored her first-ever stakes win when capturing the Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the lawn at Tampa Bay Downs. Out of the Alydar mare Basking, Ballymore Lady is another who is rated TrueNicks A++. Meanwhile, across the country at Turf Paradise in Arizona, another 6-year-old by War Chant, Peace Chant, speed to victory in the $100,000 Phoenix Gold Cup, stopping the clock in 1:08.1. Out of champion sprinter Safely Kept, Peace Chant is also rated A++ by TrueNicks, and is the third stakes winner sired by War Chant out of a Never Bend-line mare.

War Chant now has 20 stakes winners from 295 named foals, a very respectable 6.8%, and while late-maturing horses might not be what commercial breeders are looking for, it certainly speaks well for his progeny's durability. For those who might not mind a turf horse, and are prepared to wait a while, War Chant -- whose advertised fee is $15,000 -- looks a very reasonable bet for the owner-breeder.


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