Mark Casse assistant Jamie Begg said the Barber-owned Preakness-victor War of Will is doing well, and will continue to train up to the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on September 21 at Parx.
War of Will is getting some extra time between races after running fifth in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 27 at the Spa. The War Front sophomore has undergone and extensive campaign in running in all three legs of the Triple Crown, placing seventh in the Kentucky Derby before besting Everfast by 1 ¼ lengths to capture the middle jewel. He ran ninth in the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets in his last start before the Jim Dandy and will now look to benefit from a longer break instead of running back in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 24.
“He's doing good. He's had a tough campaign, 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,” Begg said. “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.”
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