War of Will getting 'extra time' for Pennsylvania Derby run

NYRA Press Office
August 11, 2019 03:29pm
Jamie Begg, assistant to trainer Mark Casse, said Sunday that the Gary Barber-owned Preakness Stakes winner War of Will is targeting the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on September 21 at Parx Racing.

Fifth last time in the July 27 Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga, War of Will is getting some extra time between races after connections considered running back in the August 24 Travers Stakes (G1).

"He's had a tough campaign," Begg said, "so I think the reason for the Pennsylvania Derby, besides the fact it could come up easier than the Travers, is giving him that extra time between starts to get him back up.

"He's just such a bear of a workhorse that you can't tell that he's run down, because he shows up in the morning to put in those works. When he races, it's a different animal, and that's when you see it. So, we're trying to get him back up to where he was."

The War Front colt was the only horse to run in all three legs of the Triple Crown series, placing seventh in the Kentucky Derby before winning the Preakness and running ninth in the Belmont Stakes.

Earlier this season, War of Will opened with back-to-back stakes victories at Fair Grounds as he successfully transitioned from turf to dirt.

War of Will may meet some familiar rivals in the Pennsylvania Derby, particularly Maximum Security, whose trainer, Jason Servis, will soon decide whether to run the Haskell Invitational (G1) winner in the Travers or wait for the Penn Derby.

2019 Pennsylvania Derby (G1)


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