|European Horse of the Year Giant's Causeway has a unique distinction this year|
Possibly the biggest surprise is that super-stallion Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) is the sire of only one horse on the current entry list. But he still won’t be forgotten in this year’s 2,000 Guineas as he is the grandsire of two entries and the damsire of two others. That of course helps his sire Sadler’s Wells, who is represented by seven horses in the race. In addition to Galileo’s contributions, Montjeu is the damsire of one run while Doyen is the other damsire on Sadler’s Wells list in this race.
War Front is a fitting name for the U.S.-based stallion who continues his European invasion in this year’s 2,000 Guineas with the stallion represented by two runners from Ballydoyle. One is race favorite Air Force Blue while the other is Group 2 placed Air Vice Marshal. Air Force Blue looks like a $490,000 yearling purchase bargain so far with his current resume while Air Vice Marshal represents the more expensive end of War Front’s auction results as a $2.2-million co-sales topper at the 2014 Keeneland September Sale. Interestingly, if Air Vice Marshal and Mohaymen run in the 2,000 Guineas and Kentucky Derby, respectively, Keeneland can boast that both their co-toppers at that sale are classic runners. Air Force Blue is also a graduate of the sale.
War Front is the only son of Danzig with runners in the race but he is far from the only representative of the influential sire. Danzig can be found in the sireline of eight of the current entries and his grandson Mozart is the damsire of one other. Danzig’s sire Northern Dancer has an even bigger hold on the race with all but four sire lines leading back to him and seven of the damsires tracing back to the 1964 Kentucky Derby winner as well.
|War Front has the most entries of any stallion with two|
|2,000 Guineas entry Shogun represented Fastnet Rock in the race|
Since 2000, 13 different sires and 15 damsires have been represented in the winner’s enclosure with Galileo represented as a sire, damsire or grandsire in the last three. Only three other stallions have the distinction of being both a sire and a damsire of 2,000 Guineas winners in this century.
On Saturday, the late Montjeu can join his sire and Galileo on that list if Lope de Vega’s Blue de Vega crosses the line first.