Grade 1 winner Fog of War retires to Questroyal/Hidden Lake Farm

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Grade 1 winner Fog of War, a Saratoga debut maiden winner who topped eventual classic winner War of Will in his second start, enters stud in 2021 at Questroyal/Hidden Lake Farm in Stillwater. NYRA Photo.

Fog of War, a son of leading sire War Front who sold for $400,000 as a yearling and won a Grade 1 in his second start, will stand the 2021 season at Questroyal/Hidden Lake Farm in Stillwater, N.Y. The 5-year-old will stand as property of White Birch Farm Inc. and Three C Stables LLC for $7,000, live foal stands and nurses.

Fog of War raced in the colors of White Birch Farm’s Peter Brant, who purchased him out of Book 1 of the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2017. He won two of seven starts with a second for $204,250 in earnings.

Trained by Chad Brown, Fog of War won his debut going 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Saratoga in mid-August 2018 before returning a month later in the Grade 1 Summer Stakes at Woodbine. Sent off at 6-5 in a field of 12, Fog of War stalked the pace early before taking control from eventual Preakness Stakes winner War of Will to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:33.90 for 1 mile on the turf. Fog of War also placed in the 2019 Manila Stakes in his second start as a 3-year-old and fourth in the Grade 3 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational Stakes in October in his final start.

“Fog of War’s win first time out at Saratoga and his Grade 1victory in the ‘Win and You’re In’ Summer Stakes at Woodbine beating War of Will, showed us that he was our best colt of that crop and marked him as one of the clear favorites for the 2018 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf,” Brant said. “Unfortunately, Fog bucked his shins and would not make the race but his undefeated 2-year-old campaign managed to show everyone his brilliant turn of foot and class.

“Fog of War has all the makings of a potentially high-class stallion with his conformation, pedigree and speed. I am so thrilled Fog will have the opportunity to be an exciting freshman stallion in New York and also allow White Birch Farm to be a new player in the New York State breeding and racing program.”

Bred by Orpendale, Chelston and Wynatt, Fog of War is out of the Group 3-winning Irish-bred Galileo mare Say. She’s the dame of two full brothers to Fog of War – Invader, a $500,000 Keeneland September yearling who won the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths, and Naval Intelligence (exported to Hong Kong and renamed Gold Chest), a stakes-winner in Great Britain and Handicap winner in Hong Kong.

Fog of War’s second dam, Riskaverse, is a multiple Grade 1 winner of $2,182,429. A stakes winner and Grade 1-placed at 2, she captured the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational twice, Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and won or placed in 10 other graded events. The daughter of Dynaformer sold for $5 million as a racing or broodmare prospect at the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale.

“I’m excited to partner with Peter Brant to bring Fog of War to stud in New York,” said Chris Larsen. “This will give breeders access to the world’s most successful sire lines Peter and I love as well as taking advantage of the lucrative New York State breeder awards and restricted racing programs. We think Fog of War is destined to be New York State’s great sire.”

A limited number of lifetime breeding rights are available. For more information contact Chris Bernhard at (914) 850-9769 or via email (

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