Anonymous said: Why is War Emblem called gay?
Anyways, War Emblem being “gay” (or being referred to as “Brokeback Emblem”) is a running joke in the racing/breeding community. Basically, War Emblem was sold to Japan after his retirement (it was hoped he would be a replacement for Sunday Silence), but when he got there…he refused to breed any mares. Like, at all. He got physically violent a few times, kicking and biting at any mares presented to him. He sired something like four or five foals during his first year. Thus, the running joke was that he was obviously gay - he had no interest in any mares
The reality, though, was more psychological. After being evaluated by experts, he was moved further away from any other stallions on the barn and given his own harem of mares. The theory was that he was intimidated by the other stallions, and living only with his mares would boost his confidence. This seemed to work, and he began breeding more of the mares in his harem, but the next year he was back to his old habits. It’s a balancing act with him. It ought to be noted that he does have a “type” - he’s partial to smaller mares, and likes chestnuts above other colors
Despite the small number of them, War Emblem’s foals are proving him to be a potentially great sire. He had sired a number of stakes winners in Japan, including Classic winner Black Emblem, champion Robe Tissage, and multiple winners Civil War, King’s Emblem, and War Tactics