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War Power to stand at Gibson Thoroughbred Farm

War Power, a son of top sire of sires Pulpit out of a stakes-producing half-sister to 2012 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Union Rags, will stand the 2013 breeding season at Gibson Thoroughbred Farm in Thorp.

Bred and raced by Joseph Allen, War Power was sent to France to race where he made seven starts. After winning an about seven-furlong maiden race at Deauville "handily" by three lengths at two, War Power took two about nine-furlong allowance as a sophomore and ran fifth, beaten only 1 1/4 lengths, in the Prix Ridgway at Chantilly after being "hampered close 'to' home." He earned a total of $73,510 with a 3-1-0 record.

Pulpit, who died early last December, was a Grade 2-winning son of Horse of the Year and leading sire A. P. Indy. Through October of 2012, Pulpit's offspring had included 63 stakes winners and the earners of over $55.6-million. Among Pulpit's Grade 1-winning sons who are also successful sires are Tapit, Corinthian, Purge, Stroll and Sky Mesa, as well as Grade 2 winners and sires Sightseeing and Essence of Dubai.

War Power is the second foal out of Tempo West, a $104,458 earning daughter of leading sire and top broodmare sire Rahy. Among her other foals are 2012 Group 3 Irish stakes winner Declaration of War, by War Front; French stakes winner Vertiformer, by Dynaformer; and French stakes-placed War Pact, by War Front.

His second dam, the winning Gone West mare Tempo, is also the dam of four-time stakes winner (with two Grade 1s and a pair of Grade 2 wins to his credit) Union Rags, one of the leading runners in 2011 and 2012. The son of Dixie Union earned nearly $1.8-million and is the highest priced first-year sire in 2013 at $35,000. Two other of Tempo's foals are $159,092 stakes-placed Geefour, by Dixie Union, and $207,867 earner Miss Pauline, by Cat Thief.

The Nijinsky II mare Terpsichorist, a Grade 3 stakes winner and multiple stakes producer, is War Power's third dam. His fourth dam, Irish champion two-year-old filly *Glad Rags II, produced two graded stakes winners. Irish champion miler Prince of Birds and additional Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Colonial Affair stem from her daughters.

War Power will stand for a $1,000 live foal, which includes a $200 booking fee, but for those who book early, a discounted introductory fee of $800, including a $200 booking fee, is available.

War Power's first foals are yearlings of 2013.

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