We continue to believe that Super Mama’s best chance for success as a broodmare is going to come by focusing on her female family’s deep, European and turf-slanted flavor to it, and so for 2021 she’ll be covered by the Grade 1 winning 2YO turf runner Fog of War.
Trained by Chad Brown, Fog of War won first time out sprinting on turf at Saratoga over a field that included the subsequent graded stakes winner Current, and then he overcame greenness to run down subsequent Preakness winner War of Will in his second start in the Grade 1 Summer Stakes when stretched to a mile. Though never able to get back to those heights during five starts at 3 and 4YO (he did finish 2nd in Belmont Park’s Manila Stakes going a mile on turf at 3, splitting eventual G1W Win Win Win and eventual G2W Casa Creed), those early accomplishments make Fog of War a fascinating stud prospect given his looks and pedigree — especially in the lucrative New York-bred program.
His sire, War Front, is one of the elite sires in the USA over the last decade, and War Front’s successful sons at stud include the likes of The Factor and Declaration of War. Fog of War is bred on the proven War Front/Galileo cross, and his Group 3-winning dam (herself a daughter of Grade 1 winner Riskaverse, who traces in tail-female to the Blue Hen mare Toll Booth) has already produced a pair of stakes-winning full brothers to Fog of War in Naval Intelligence and Invader.
Fog of War’s turf miler success lines up perfectly with what Super Mama showed on the track, while her sire, Elusive Quality, was also first and foremost a miler. Her broodmare sire, Giant’s Causeway, was similarly gifted (albeit having proven his worth at longer distances, too), and the sire of her second dam, Danehill, was just about the most versatile and successful turf sire of the last half-century before Fog of War’s broodmare sire Galileo came around.
Fog of War is an incredibly well-balanced and good-bodied horse of medium height. Given that Super Mama is a big, strapping mare (she brought $150k as a yearling; Fog of War cost $400k at that age), this should be a very nice pairing physically in addition to on proclivities, and we’re looking forward to a big, pretty foal from this match to have success on the NYRA turf courses for years to come!
TDN video on Fog of War entering stud
Fog of War wins the Summer Stakes-G1