FIRST WINNER FOR WAR OF WILL

18 Jun 2024 12:28


 

Claiborne Farm’s versatile classic-winning freshman sire War of Will   scored his first winner June 17 when Dede McGehee’s homebred 2-year-old filly Willow Oak  won by 1 1/4 lengths in her racing debut at Presque Isle Downs.

Willow Oak is the first foal and the first runner out of the Kitten’s Joy mare Joyful Cat, who is a full sister to grade 3 winner Charming Kitten   and multiple grade 3-placed stakes winner Queen’splatekitten .

War of Will’s progeny have not just been knocking on the door of a first win, they’ve been pounding on it. Prior to June 17, War of Will runners had made 11 starts and placed in seven of them, including two placings in black-type stakes. 

An 8-year-old son of War Front  and half-brother to successful Cape sire Pathfork, War of Will was a stakes-placed winner at 2. He went on at 3 to win the Preakness Stakes (G1) after capturing the Lecomte Stakes (G3) and Risen Star Stakes (G2). He showed his versatility at 4 when he won the Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes (G1T) on the grass at Keeneland and was third in the Woodbine Mile Stakes (G1T). He retired with a 5-1-3 record from 18 starts and earned $1,881,803.



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