Client Success: Declaration of War Colt Wins Third Straight at Laurel Park

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Joe (c, 2, Declaration of War–Battle Bridge, by Arch)

On November 21, the Declaration of War colt broke his maiden at second asking at Laurel Park going a mile, and on December 18, he rallied to win the seven-furlong Maryland Juvenile Championship Stakes. Joe was the overwhelming 2-5 favorite at post time and was receiving first-time Lasix while extending out to 8 1/2 furlongs. Advancing past the three quarter post and pursuing the leaders, he edged up along the rail in hand under jockey Victor Carrasco. With three furlongs to go, the Declaration of War colt eased off the rail and was put to coaxing. Joe forged ahead under good handling as he approached the eighth pole and stayed on his left lead while being kept to task to win by 2 1/2 lengths.

Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $133,324. O/B- The Elkstone Group LLC (MD); T-Michael Trombetta.

The winner is a half-brother to Grade 3 Stakes Placed, track-record setter and OPTIMAL Mating recommendation, Irony of Reality (Animal Kingdom)($197,323). His dam was bred to another son of War Front, War of Will, for 2022.

Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), bloodstock agent for The Elkstone Group LLC, recommended the OPTIMAL Mating that produced Joe.

OPTIMAL Mating Analysis

Horses bred on OPTIMAL Matings have proven to possess more potential to become superior racehorses. In fact, most will break their maiden in the first two starts. Combined with a good physical, good vetting and a price that falls within a budget, OPTIMAL Matings help to focus on buying or breeding better racehorses.

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2 Sire Families (12C, 13B) & 4 Racing Families (4R, A4, 5C, 1S)

Good Combination of Female Families

Good Outcross Percentage

Good Linebreeding Balance

Good Grandsire / Granddam Linebreeding Percentages

Good Gender Linebreeding Balance.

Key Linebreedings

  • 3×4 Danzig – gender-balanced through son War Front & daughter Aurora
    • Exact position as:
      • Grade 1 Stakes Winner
        • Decorated Invader (Declaration of War o/o Arch mare)
      • Grade 2 Stakes Winner
        • Army Wife (Declaration of War o/o Arch mare)
  • 5×4 Mr. Prospector – through sons Gone West & Seeking the Gold
    • Exact position as:
      • Grade 2 Stakes Winner
        • Army Wife (Declaration of War o/o Arch mare)

Similar Breedings

  • War Front over Arch
    • Grade 1 Stakes Winners
      • Decorated Invader (Declaration of War o/o Arch mare)
      • Civil Union (War Front 0/0 Unbridled’s Song mare)
      • Fire At Will (Declaration of War o/o Kitten’s Joy mare)
      • War Flag (War Front o/o Arch mare)
      • Lines of Battle (War Front o/o Arch mare)
    • Grade 2 Stakes Winner
      • Army Wife (Declaration of War o/o Arch mare)
    • Grade 3 Stakes Winners
      • Blitzkrieg (War Front o/o Arch mare)
      • War Dispatch (War Front o/o Unbridled’s Song mare)
    • Listed Stakes Winner
      • Mosler (War Front o/o Arch mare)
  • Danzig over Arch
    • 8 Grade 1 Stakes Winners
    • 5 Grade 2 Stakes Winners
    • 8 Grade 3 Stakes Winners
    • 8 Listed Stakes Winners
  • War Front over Kris S.
    • 5 Grade 1 Stakes Winners
    • 1 Grade 2 Stakes Winners
    • 3 Grade 3 Stakes Winners
    • 3 Listed Stakes Winners
  • Rahy over Kris S.
    • 5 Grade 1 Stakes Winners
    • 2 Grade 2 Stakes Winners
    • 9 Grade 3 Stakes Winners
    • 12 Listed Stakes Winners
  • Declaration of War over Seeking the Gold
    • Grade 1 Stakes Winner
      • Gufo (Declaration of War o/o Petionville mare)
    • Grade 2 Stakes Winner
      • Army Wife (Declaration of War o/o Arch mare)
  • War Front over Seeking the Gold
    • Grade 1 Stakes Winners
      • Air Force Blue (War Front o/o Maria’s Mon mare)
      • Omaha Beach (War Front o/o Seeking the Gold mare)
      • Gufo (Declaration of War o/o Petionville mare)
      • Fog of War (War Front o/o Galileo mare)
    • Grade 2 Stakes Winner
      • Army Wife (Declaration of War o/o Arch mare)
    • Listed Stakes Winners
      • Shea D Summer (Summer Front o/o Empire Maker mare)
      • Mosler (War Front o/o Arch mare)
      • Naval Intelligence (War Front o/o Galileo mare)
      • Invader (War Front o/o Galileo mare)
  • Rahy over Seeking the Gold
    • 8 Grade 1 Stakes Winners
    • 5 Grade 2 Stakes Winners
    • 9 Grade 3 Stakes Winners
    • 13 Listed Stakes Winners
  • Terpsichorist over Seeking the Gold
    • Grade 1 Stakes Winner
      • Gufo (Declaration of War o/o Petionville mare)
    • Grade 2 Stakes Winner
      • Army Wife (Declaration of War o/o Arch mare)
    • Listed Stakes Winners
      • Gulf Coast (Union Rags o/o Candy Ride mare)
      • Musawaah (Union Rags o/o Seeking the Gold mare)
  • Rahy over Deputation
    • Grade 1 Stakes Winner
      • Carriage Trail (Giant’s Causeway o/o Seeking the Gold mare)
    • Grade 3 Stakes Winner
      • Seek and Destroy (Verrazano o/o War Chant mare)

Whether you are new to the game, experiencing more losses than wins or just looking for a new approach, I am confident that I can help you breed or buy a better racehorse. To find out more about OPTIMAL Matings and how they can help your program, please subscribe to my Blog/News page HERE to receive future information on complimentary mating recommendations, sales short lists, stakes winner pedigree analysis, news on personal client success and any other random thoughts or ideas that I may have. Also, receive a complimentary copy of my report “Blind Luck or Designed Luck? – How A Kentucky Derby Winner Was Bred” sent directly to your inbox.

For inquiries or more information about Shepherd Equine Advisers, please contact Clark Shepherd at 859-321-6618, or by email at clark@bloodstock-agent-ky.com.

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