West Point’s Decorated Invader drove to victory in Woodbine Summer Stakes to become a Grade 1 winner in just his third career start, stamping himself as a top contender for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. The very next morning, West Point seized the chance to snatch up a sharp colt from the same cross that produced Decorated Invader: a son of Declaration of War out of a mare by the same broodmare sire, Arch.
And why change a winning formula? The new colt will join Decorated invader in the barn of trainer Christophe Clement.
“He is a big, scopey individual who physically reminds me a lot of Decorated Invader,” said West Point’s Joe Migliore, who works closely with Clement. “This colt has a beautiful, fluid walk and length to him.”
Declaration of War, a son of leading sire War Front, is an ascendant young stallion with big credentials on both sides of the Atlantic. He trained with promise on the dirt as a three-year-old with Todd Pletcher in early 2012 but, after going to the sidelines, resurfaced with Aidan O’Brien in Ireland. The next year, he was one of the leading older horses in Europe, storming to turf victories in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Juddmonte International Stakes at York, excelling over 10 furlongs. He made a seamless transition to the dirt that fall when he finished third, beaten just a neck for everything, in the $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.
At stud, Declaration of War has been racking up impressive statistics: 11 stakes winners from three crops of racing age. The next best total in his sire class is seven stakes winners.
Arch has been “decorated” as a broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of champion and prominent sire Uncle Mo as well as Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero I’ll Have Another.
Syndication price of a yearling includes all acquisition, training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2021.