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Al Stall Jr.
Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider
Legendary Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky has been passed down through the Hancock family for 100 years. Claiborne Farm has been home to the best stallions in the world but the most famous would certainly be 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. It has received multiple Eclipse Award honors including the Eclipse Award of Merit in 2011. They won the 1984 Kentucky Derby with Swale who would also go on to win the Belmont Stakes. Additional champions and stable stars include Forty Niner, Lure, Pulpit and Preach to name only a few. Adele B. Dilschneider has been a longtime Claiborne Farm client, family friend and racing and breeding partner. Her grandfather, John Olin, owned and bred !974 Kentucky Derby winner Cannonade. She sits on the board of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Notable horses she and Claiborne have bred and campagned in partnership include, Arch, Blame Cease and Rumor.
Departing's pedigree leaves some doubt regarding his aptitude for the Derby distance.
His sire, War Front, was a classy sprinter who captured the Alfred G. Vanderbilt and placed in such major events as the Forego and Vosburgh.
A son of prepotent sire Danzig, War Front made an immediate impact with his very first crop. His initial runners included the speedy The Factor, 2011 Fountain of Youth hero Soldat, and top-class turf miler Data Link. His second crop featured the well-regarded Declaration of War, who is also trained by Aidan O'Brien, and current Derby hopeful Lines of Battle headlines his third crop.
Departing is a half-brother to a pair of winners in Left and Exit. They were best at a mile or thereabouts, despite being by stamina influence Arch.
Departing is out of Leave, a full sister to Laity, who won the 2005 Cradle Stakes and 2006 John Battaglia Memorial, both at 1 1/6 miles.
Leave is by Pulpit, the winner of the 1997 Fountain of Youth and Blue Grass who finished fourth in that year's Kentucky Derby. A prominent sire, Pulpit was responsible for 2010 Florida Derby hero and Kentucky Derby runner-up Ice Box; top dirt milers Corinthian and Purge; turf millionaire Rutherienne; and outstanding young sire Tapit.
Departing comes from a speedy female line. Leave's dam, Tour, was a multiple stakes-winning sprinter, just like her full brother Flight Forty Nine.
Tour produced Trip, who won a trio of Grade 3 stakes from seven furlongs to 1 1/16 miles, as well as multiple stakes-winning speedster Joke, the dam of sprint star Zensational.
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