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War of Will Set to Stand at Claiborne Farm in 2021

Author: Dominic Plouffe
Published: Friday July 31, 2020
An interest in the dual-surface grade 1 winner War of Will was recently purchased by Claiborne Farm. The son of Claiborne’s sire War Front is coming off a victory in the July 10 Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes (G1T) at Keeneland going a mile on the grass.

On July 30, it was announced that War of Will will stand at the farm following his retirement from racing.

"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 3 and a grade 1 winner on turf at 4, which places him in rare company," Claiborne's Walker Hancock said. "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."

War of Will’s Career

The 4-year-old has won four graded stakes for trainer Mark Casse and owner Gary Barber, and he has earnings of $1.79 million.

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

War of Will’s second start was his first running against grade I company in the Summer Stakes (G1T) at Woodbine, where he finished second. 

He closed out his 2-year-old season with a maiden victory, and his 3-year-old campaign began with back-to-back graded stakes wins going over a mile on dirt. He was joined by jockey Tyler Gaffalione when he beat grade I winner Hog Creek Hustle and group II winner Plus Que Parfait in the Lecomte Stakes (G3). 

War of Will then went on to win the Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford (G2), over eventual Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) winner Country House and multiple graded stakes winners Owendale and Mr. Money.

He was Casse’s first in the Preakness Stakes (G1) following the Kentucky Derby.

Dual-Surface Grade I Winner

After beating group I winner Without Parole and two-time Grade 1 winner Raging Bull in the Maker’s Mark Mike, War of Will moved into the group of dual-surface grade I winners. 

"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," Casse said. "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 (G1T) next, and then hopefully the Breeders' Cup."

War of Will was bred in Kentucky by Flaxman Holdings and is out of the stakes-winning Sadler’s Wells mare Vision of Clarity, the half-sister to multiple groups I winner and Breeders' Cup Mile (G1T) winner Spinning World. 

Other impressive runners produced by Visions of Clarity include group I winner Pathfork (Distorted Humor) and multiple stakes winner Tacticus (A.P. Indy). 

War of Will’s 2021 stud fee is set to be announced after the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.