Irish War Cry was an extremely talented racehorse, and having seen some excellent specimens from his first crop of foals born in 2020, we are excited to send the young Stormy Atlantic mare Ride the Tide to his court in 2021.
Racing as a homebred for Isabelle de Tomaso, who bred him from a family deep with European classic blood, Irish War Cry was trained throughout his career by Graham Motion, who compared him favorably with Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. As a 2YO, Irish War Cry broke his maiden first-time out going 6 furlongs at Laurel, and then took the 7-furlong Marylander Stakes in gutsy fashion over more experienced foes to close out an unbeaten juvenile season. In his 3YO debut, Irish War Cry romped to a 3-3/4 length victory in the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes (earning a 101 Beyer Speed Figure) over Gunnevara and reigning Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Classic Empire. He later added a 3-1/2 length victory in the historic Grade 2 Wood Memorial (with another 101 Beyer) in his final Kentucky Derby prep. Prior to the Derby, his breeding rights were sold to Hill N Dale Farm in Kentucky (although their subsequent acquisition of Champion 2-year-old Good Magic, also by Curlin, eventually made Irish War Cry available to Maryland breeders). He later finished 2nd when favored in the classic Belmont Stakes, and returned as a 4-year-old to take the Grade 3 Pimlico Special by 4-1/2 lengths, good for a 100 Beyer.
Irish War Cry is a son of perennial leading sire Curlin, and Curlin is one of — if not *the* — best classic dirt sires in North America at the moment. His sons Exaggerator and Palace Malice have already gotten off to strong starts in the breeding shed, too, which is promising for Irish War Cry’s chances — especially given the looks of his first foals, as we mentioned above. His size and scope make him easy to breed to, and his physique is one of the reasons that we’re most excited to send Ride the Tide his way — as a neater, more medium-sized mare, she could use that injection of leg.
In addition, the Curlin/Stormy Atlantic cross has been a very successful one: from 17 foals of racing age by Curlin or his sons and out of Stormy Atlantic mares, 12 have raced, 8 of those are winners, and two are the grade 3 winners Ocean Knight and Curlin’s Voyage, good for an “A+” TrueNicks rating. Ride the Tide’s own broodmare sire is the Roberto horse Lear Fan, and mares from that sire-line rate an “A” nick with Curlin and his sons, too. This is complemented by Ride the Tide’s female family, as she is a half-sister to a pair of black-type fillies by the Mr. Prospector-line sires Street Sense and Broken Vow, and Irish War Cry traces to another branch of Mr. P.
All of which hopefully adds up to an exciting Maryland-sired, Maryland-bred foal of 2022 for Ride the Tide!
Irish War Cry wins the G2 Wood Memorial
Irish War Cry wins the G2 Holy Bull
Irish War Cry wins the Marylander Stakes at 2
Irish War Cry wins first-time out at 2 going 6 furlongs