WinStar Farm in Lexington, Ky. is beginning to expand its racing program to the international level, general manager Elliott Walden told thoroughbredracing.com. The farm has already acquired a Grade 1 win in Australia with Invader (Snitzel), and will look to accomplish the same feat in the upcoming Royal Ascot meeting with homebred American Patriot in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes.
“The reality of where we are today is that Thoroughbred racing is an international sport. Our customers at public auctions are international, so it makes sense for us to branch out,” Walden said. “The important thing for us at WinStar is to compete on the biggest stages. We feel like we have had tremendous success in North America and now we are branching out.”
A son of War Front, American Patriot's dam is a full sister to 2009 Dubai World Cup winner Well Armed. WinStar offered him as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale, but bidding stopped short of his $1 million reserve. Though American Patriot hinted at his talent last year with a win in the G3 Kent Stakes, the 4-year-old blossomed into a Grade 1 winner in 2017, taking the Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland's spring meeting.
“We have been very confident in American Patriot from the start,” said Walden. “He has been a very good horse right from the beginning. As a foal, he had a lot of character, charisma and class. He was always easy to spot because he has a big white blaze, and when you saw him in the field he just stood out.”
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