War of Will training at Saratoga ahead of next start in Jim Dandy

NYRA Press Office
July 09, 2019 11:41pm

Gary Barber's Preakness Stakes winner War of Will, trained by Mark Casse, will breeze on Saturday morning at Saratoga as he continues preparations for a possible start in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 27 at Saratoga Race Course.

"He's doing well,” said Jamie Begg, Casse's New York-based assistant. “He shipped up to me two days ago from Keeneland and jogged the first day he was here and then galloped this morning. He's moving good and looks good."

War of Will competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown, placing a troubled seventh in the Kentucky Derby ahead of his Preakness redemption. Last out, the War Front bay was ninth in the Belmont Stakes on June 8.

The Casse barn has a number of promising 2-year-olds to debut this summer at Saratoga including the British-bred Lashara, a bay daughter of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah out of the graded stakes winning mare Marbre Rose.

Lashara breezed a half-dozen times at Casse Training Center in Florida before shipping to Belmont Park, where she worked four furlongs over the main track July 6 in 50 seconds flat.

Begg said the promising filly is expected to breeze again this weekend at Saratoga.

"She's a good mover,” Begg said. “We're pretty high on her and think she could be a nice horse.

“I think she'll be ready by the next book. I worked her once and then she had a little baby sickness and that pushed her back a bit. She'll probably be a horse that wants longer, but she seems to be a pretty nice filly. We'll let her tell us what she wants."

2019 Jim Dandy (G2)


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