War of Will's heavy lifting done for the Pennsylvania Derby

NYRA Press Office
September 08, 2019 02:09pm
Gary Barber's War of Will, under exercise rider Amy Mullen, breezed a five-furlong bullet Saturday in 59 seconds flat over the Belmont Park main track in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on September 21.

"He ended up going a little faster than we anticipated on paper, but the track had a little water in it. I think the track was pretty fast," said Jamie Begg, assistant to trainer Mark Casse. "He did it very easily. He broke off and I was going to tell the rider to pick it up, but he hit the first quarter in 12 and 1 and it looked slower than that.

"He picked it up down the lane a bit even though she didn't move on him."

The War Front colt, who contested all three legs of the Triple Crown, with a victory in the Preakness Stakes, returned to set the pace in the Jim Dandy (G2) on July 27 before fading to fifth in his most-recent start.

War of Will breezed twice at Saratoga following the Jim Dandy -- both of those were bullet works, too -- and Begg said the colt will likely ship to Parx on the day of the race.

"He'll have an easy maintenance breeze next weekend. He's doing really well," said Begg. "His work yesterday, he did it easier than he did it at Saratoga. It was supposed to be a stiff breeze, but he seemed to get over the track very easily.

"We always knew he liked a bit of water in the track and I think that's why the time was so quick."

2019 Pennsylvania Derby (G1)


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