It was another Claiborne stallion starring in the Thoroughbred Daily News Value Sires series this week when WAR OF WILL earned Bronze in the “First Yearlings In ’23” piece.
WAR OF WILL’s first weanlings averaged over four times his stud fee in November with his most expensive being a $280,000 filly. For Chris McGrath, the combination of being a classic winner and having two influential sires close up in his pedigree make an attractive package.
“I do feel that this guy may have the best prospects of this group of turning himself into an important stallion. For a dirt Classic winner to combine Northern Dancer’s parallel breed-shapers Danzig and Sadler’s Wells as closely as he does-they respectively account for his sire and dam-feels like a fairly historic opportunity to reconcile the culpably separated gene pools of North America and Europe,” he said.
WAR OF WILL is one of two young Danzig-lined stallions looking to carry on the late Claiborne Farm stallion’s legacy alongside SILVER STATE, who earned Gold in his own Thoroughbred Daily News Value Sires division.
“For now we note with pleasure that WAR OF WILL and SILVER STATE share a chance to take their farm back to the future, lighting a path from the glorious torch that was Danzig,” McGrath concluded.
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