War of Will's 'mind is in the right place' for Preakness Stakes

Maryland Jockey Club
May 14, 2019 08:59am
War of Will's 'mind is in the right place' for Preakness Stakes
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Gary Barber’s War of Will was the first contender for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes to arrive at Pimlico Race Course, stepping onto the grounds early Tuesday morning following a van ride that originated the prior afternoon at Churchill Downs.


Expected to be among the favorites in the Triple Crown test, War of Will was accompanied on the van by stablemates Flameaway, who was entered in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) and Gio Game, scheduled to run in the $150,000 Caplan Brothers Glass Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3). War of Will’s stablemates, who will compete on Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan Day program, walked over the Pimlico track Tuesday.


Mark Casse-trained War of Will, an eye-catching bay son of War Front who was placed seventh in the Kentucky Derby, jogged once around the Pimlico track and appeared to travel well over the surface, reported assistant trainer and exercise rider Kim Carroll, who is overseeing the trio until Casse arrives later in the day.

“They were all happy, ears up, eyes bright – the weather was great for travel, even if we think it’s cold,” said Carroll of the three, who arrived at approximately 2:30 a.m.

War of Will was relaxed but eager as he made his way to the track as the first of 12 Preakness contenders to arrive at Pimlico.

“He loves what he does,” said Carroll of War of Will, who won three straight races since being switched from turf to dirt, including the Lecomte (G3) and the Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds. He subsequently lost his footing early and finished ninth as the 4-5 favorite in the Louisiana Derby (G2).

“The only thing he didn’t like [today] was that I didn’t gallop him. But he wasn’t [acting up]. He’s totally professional, and all class; I never want to get off him,” said Carroll. “His mind is in the right place. He’ll be excited to go out tomorrow again. He’s so good at what he does. He’s ready and he’s going to show us what he’s got.”

Carroll said plans for War of Will’s next few mornings have not been finalized, but said his training likely will include being schooled in the paddock.


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