War of Will gives 'one of his best works to date' for Jim Dandy

NYRA Press Office
July 19, 2019 04:31pm

Preakness Stakes winner War of Will put in his breeze for the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on Friday morning on the Saratoga main track.

Tyler Gaffalione, aboard War of Will for the easy half-mile in 49.33 seconds, said the move was his best yet.

"He went great,” Gaffalione said. “It was honestly one of his best works to date, really. He seemed to love the track, handled it real well, and was full of energy.

“Every week he's just getting stronger and stronger. We're really looking forward to his next race. It's going to be a competitive field, but the way he's been training and how he looks, his whole demeanor, we've got a ton of confidence."

Casse was equally pleased with War of Will's work.

"He went well, you couldn't ask him to do anything better,” Casse said. “I told Tyler I didn't want him to go fast. The first quarter he was a little slow, so we radioed Tyler to pick it up a bit.

“He gets over the Saratoga surface really well. Tyler said it reminded him of the work before the (Kentucky) Derby. He said last week was good and this week was even better.

"If you want to see poetry in motion for a horse, and what you would like to see out of a racehorse – he's what it is. He's the entire package," Casse added.

Before graduating with a five-length win in his main track debut at Churchill Downs fifth out, War of Will raced four times on turf, including a runner-up effort in the Summer (G1) at Woodbine last September.

Following his maiden win, he scored victories in the Lecomte (G3) and Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds on the Derby trail.

After a disappointing eighth in the Louisiana Derby (G2), he finished a troubled eighth in the Kentucky Derby but was elevated to seventh following the disqualification of Maximum Security.

Casse said that War of Will has displayed noticeable physical development throughout the year.

"I think he's a bigger, stronger horse,” Casse said. “He's definitely carrying more weight now than he was for the Derby, Preakness or Belmont so he's probably at his highest weight level.

"I thought he put on a few pounds going into the Louisiana Derby and we tightened him up for the (Kentucky) Derby. His color is real good right now. He has a nice shine to his coat and he's a happy horse."

The Jim Dandy will be War of Will's first start since the Belmont Stakes, where he finished ninth, 7 ¼ lengths to winner and stablemate 
Sir Winston.

Also on the Friday morning work tab at Saratoga was Ashbrook Farms and BBN Racing's 
Concrete Rose, who logged her first work since winning the first leg of Turf Triple series for fillies, the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) on July 6.

The four-time graded stakes winning Twirling Candy dark bay went a half-mile in 53.2 seconds over the Oklahoma turf course for trainer Rusty Arnold and remains on target for the $750,000 Saratoga Oaks Invitational, second leg of the Turf Tiara on Aug. 2

Centennial Farms' 
Preservationist went three furlongs in 36.86 seconds for trainer Jimmy Jerkens for his first breeze since winning the Suburban (G2).

St Elias Stable and Repole Stable's 
Vino Rosso went five furlongs in 1:01.14 over the Oklahoma training track.

Trainer Todd Pletcher is targeting the Whitney (G1) for the chestnut Curlin colt, who won the Gold Cup (G1) at Santa Anita last out.

2019 Jim Dandy (G2)


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