Millionaire Coal Front sires first foal

January 29, 2021

With $1.8 million in earnings, Coal Front is one of the most accomplished first-season sires of 2020 | Autry Graham photo

5-time GSW & millionaire-miler Coal Front | Autry Graham photo

Spendthrift Farm’s Coal Front, the five-time graded winner and earner of over $1.8 million, sired his first reported foal on Jan. 26th when a filly was born at Shade Tree Farm in Ocala, FL.

“This is a good foal. Nice, big, strong filly with a lot of leg, good shoulder and hip. I like her best of the three foals the mare’s had,” said Bert Pilcher, owner of Shade Tree Farm. “She was quickly up and quickly nursed, everything was perfect. If I owned the stallion, I’d sure be happy about this foal. I think she’s going to be a knockout yearling.”

Bred by Tracy Pinchin & Kenneth D’Oyen, the flashy bay filly is out of the Wildcat Heir mare Defying Gravity, an 11-time winner on the track who hails from the immediate family of multiple graded stakes winner and sire Too Much Bling.

An earner of $1,825,280, Coal Front captured graded stakes at five different distances – from six furlongs to 1 1/16 miles on dirt – and at five different racetracks. After a dominant maiden win on debut at Keeneland and allowance victory over eventual Grade 1 winner Patternrecognition at Belmont in his second start, the striking dark bay colt stayed undefeated with a victory in the 6 ½-furlong Amsterdam S. (G2) at Saratoga. He closed out his 3-year-old season with a win in the six-furlong Gallant Bob S. (G3) at Parx, earning a 107 Beyer – one of the fastest of the year by a sophomore.

Coal Front won the seven-furlong Mr. Prospector S. (G3) at Gulfstream as a 4-year-old and carried his top form into his 5-year-old season, winning the 1 1/16-mile, $500,000 Razorback S. (G3) at Oaklawn and $1,500,000 Godolphin Mile (G2) at Meydan.

A $575,000 2-year-old purchase, Coal Front was victorious in eight of 13 lifetime starts before retiring to Spendthrift, where he is set to stand his second season for a fee of $5,000 S&N.