Irish War Cry Is New Jersey’s Thoroughbred of the Year

Irish War Cry is led to the winner's circle after the Wood Memorial on April, 8, 2017 at Aqueduct. Credits: NYRA
Irish War Cry wins the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 8, 2017. Credits: NYRA
Irish War Cry relaxes at Belmont Park two days before the 2017 Belmont Stakes. Credits: Susie Raisher | NYRA

EASTHAMPTON, N.J. — Irish War Cry was honored as New Jersey’s Thoroughbred of the Year at the 61st Annual New Jersey Breeder Awards Luncheon.

Irish War Cry was bred in New Jersey by Isabelle de Tomaso, who is the daughter of Amory Haskell, the founder of the Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, N.J.

The chestnut son of Curlin was foaled at Overbrook Farm in Colts Neck.

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Irish War Cry won both of his starts as a 2-year-old. As a 3-year-old in 2017 he won the Holy Bull Stakes and the Wood Memorial. He qualified for the 2017 Kentucky Derby and was the first New Jersey-bred to run for the roses since 1992. Saddled with the number 17 post, from which no horse has ever won the Derby, Irish War Cry finished a disappointing 10th.

Trainer Graham Motion had planned to skip the remaining Triple Crown races and instead focus on the Haskell Invitational in late July at Monmouth Park. However, Irish War Cry was training so well he decided to enter him in the 2017 Belmont Stakes in June.

Irish War Cry set the pace and led most of the way until Tapwrit came from behind to win by two lengths.

Irish War Cry went on to place fourth in the Haskell Invitational.

So far in his career Irish War Cry won four of his nine starts with one second, earning $1,049,460. He is currently in training in Florida.

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