Coming Home: Derby Winner War Emblem To Reside At Old Friends

by | 07.21.2015 | 9:54am
KY Derby winner War Emblem
KY Derby winner War Emblem

The curtain apparently has come down on the somewhat 'unique' stud career of 2002 Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem.

The Racing Post reports that the 16-year-old stallion, who stood at the Yoshida family's Shadai Stallion Station in Japan, will return to the U.S. and retire to Old Friends near Georgetown, Ky. The stallion is expected to arrive sometime in September.

“We're going to have a huge celebration when he gets here,” said Old Friends founder Michael Blowen. “I'm so excited about it.”

War Emblem has had a problematic stud career, mainly due to the fact he showed little interest in breeding mares. According to the Post, War Emblem has refused to cover any mares for the last few seasons. Japan Stud Book records show the stallion has not had any registered offspring since 2012, when 13 foals were registered.

Shadai Stallion Station tried several different tactics over the years to try and get War Emblem interested in breeding – from parading mares in front of him and letting him 'select' his mares, to stabling him in a barn with mares – but had little luck.

“He's just not interested in mares,” Dr. Nobuo Tsunoda, Shadai's stallion veterinarian said.

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