Bred: Joseph Allen (Ky.)
Sire: War Front
Dam: Tempo West, by Rahy
Declaration of War launched his career in 2011 in France with consecutive victories for breeder Joe Allen at Porni-chet la Baule and Deauville racecourses in France. Following his 2-year-old season, Allen sold a percentage of the Kentucky-bred to Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith and the colt was transferred from trainer Jean Claude-Roget to Aidan O’Brien.
In his 3-year-old debut for his new connections, Declaration of War finished fourth in a group stakes at the Curragh in Ireland on Sept. 9. Three weeks later he won at the Curragh and then scored in the Diamond Stakes (Ire-G3) on Oct. 5 at Ireland’s Dundalk racecourse.
As a 4-year-old in 2013, Declaration of War won a pair of Group 1 races, taking the Queen Anne Stakes in June at Royal Ascot and the Juddmonte International Stakes in August at York in his final prep for a planned start in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic, where he finished third.
Allen also bred and raced the colt’s sire, War Front, who finished seventh in the 2006 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, and now ranks among the nation’s leading sires. Declaration of War is out of Tempo West, who is a half sister to 2012 Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags.