July 30th, 2020

War of Will to join sire War Front at Claiborne Farm

PARIS, KY – Claiborne Farm has purchased an interest in War of Will, a dual surface Grade 1 winner and American Classic champion. The son of Claiborne’s emerging sire of sires WAR FRONT scored his most recent victory in the July 10th Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) at Keeneland, going a mile on the grass. War of Will will stand at the Paris, KY farm upon his retirement from racing, Claiborne announced July 30th.

“War of Will has an outstanding pedigree, and combined with his race record, he should be very appealing to breeders. He’s a classic winner on dirt at three and a Grade 1 winner on turf at four, which places him in rare company,” said Claiborne’s Walker Hancock.  “War Front is one of the most successful sires of his generation and there is no doubt he is becoming a sire of sires.  We believe War of Will has the capability to follow his father’s success.”

To date, four-year-old War of Will has earnings of over $1,796,000 and four graded stakes wins for trainer Mark Casse and owner Gary Barber. 

“I am very proud to be standing War of Will at Claiborne alongside his famous father,” said Gary Barber. “War of Will has a special place in my heart having brought so much joy to me and my family. He is a once in a lifetime horse.”

In just his second career start, War of Will was introduced to Grade 1 level company, running a determined second in the Summer Stakes (G1) at Woodbine.

Coming off a maiden victory to end his two-year-old campaign, War of Will kicked off his three-year-old campaign brilliantly, with decisive back-to-back graded stakes victories going over a mile on dirt. With Tyler Gaffalione in the irons, the son of War Front easily bested subsequent Grade 1 winner Hog Creek Hustle and Group 2 winner Plus Que Parfait to take the LeComte Stakes (G3) by open lengths. One month later, eventual Kentucky Derby winner Country House, and multiple graded stakes winners Owendale and Mr. Money proved to be no match for War of Will in the Risen Star Stakes (G2).  

Following a contentious Kentucky Derby (G1), War of Will became trainer Mark Casse’s first classic winner with a triumphant victory in the Preakness Stakes (G1). 

In this year’s Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) at Keeneland on July 10th, War of Will moved into the prestigious group of dual surface Grade 1 winners. Going one mile on the firm turf, the now four-year-old War of Will fended off Group 1 winner Without Parole and two-time Grade 1 winner Raging Bull.

“I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to be around a lot of good horses, but I have to put War of Will right there at the top. He has a special place in my heart,” said trainer Mark Casse. “He’s a class act. There’s a reason we call him WOW. It’s not just because of his initials. Everything he does is a WOW. The way he looks. The way he trains, and his pedigree. I’m excited to see him go to Claiborne and follow in his father’s footsteps. Our plan is to point towards the Woodbine Mile next, and then hopefully the Breeders’ Cup.” 

Bred in Kentucky by Flaxman Holdings, War of Will is out of the stakes-winning Sadler’s Wells mare Visions of Clarity (IRE), who is a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner and Breeders’ Cup Mile Champion Spinning World. Visions of Clarity (IRE) also produced Grade 1 winner Pathfork and multiple stakes winner Tacticus.

War of Will is just one of sire War Front’s 21 Grade 1 winners. An international super sire on all fronts, War Front (Danzig – Starry Dreamer) has 13 million-dollar earners and is quickly emerging as a sire of sires. His son’s include: Grade 1 winner Declaration of War, who sired two-time graded stakes winner Silver Prospector and three-time graded stakes winner Decorated Invader; Five-time graded stakes winner, The Factor, the number 1 fifth-crop sire of multiple Grade 1 winners, plus recent Grade 2 winner Factor This; Summer Front, a four-time graded stakes winner himself, sired recent Grade 2 winner Speaktomeofsummer and Grade 2-winning Kentucky Derby hopeful Ete Indien; Three-time Grade 1-winning Champion Air Force Blue, who’s first crop are now two-year-olds, sired recent debut winner Beauty Queen.  

War of Will’s 2021 stud fee will be announced following the Breeders’ Cup.

Questions? Contact Bernie Sams at Claiborne Farm, 859-987-2330.

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