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Casse: War Of Will ‘In A Very Happy Place,’ Won’t Breeze Before Belmont

Trainer Mark Casse has War of Will where he wants him, and he wants the son of War Front to stay that way. After initially planning to breeze the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes winner this week in preparation for the G1 Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, Casse said Tuesday that he will instead have the bay […]

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War Of Will Takes Over NTRA’s Top 3-Year-Old Poll

Gary Barber’s War of Will has a new bragging right to go along with his classic victory in the Preakness Stakes as the son of War Front earned 16 first-place votes and a total of 322 points to take over the lead position in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. War […]

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Casse’s Belmont Duo: Sir Winston Puts In ‘A+ Work,’ War Of Will ‘Feeling Good’

Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse will saddle both War of Will and Sir Winston in the Belmont Stakes. Casse said Gary Barber’s War of Will, who was a powerful winner of the Grade 1 Preakness, is in good order in Kentucky where he is currently preparing for the third leg of the Triple […]

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Bloodlines: War Of Will’s ‘Depth Of Family’ Bodes Well

War Front could be pardoned for a bit of pride because the big bay horse from Claiborne Farm had a pretty good weekend. War of Will won the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes on Saturday; Etoile won the G3 Fillies Sprint at Naas in Ireland on Sunday, with Peace Charter second (both by War Front); and […]

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War Of Will Vindicated; Casse Emotional After First Classic Victory

First, there was fear. Then disappointment. Later, it was indignation. Two weeks after the history-making 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby, War of Will finally got the one thing his trainer and jockey had been asking for. “We were this close to never seeing him again,” said Mark Casse, referencing the Derby incident with Maximum […]

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Omaha Beach’s Return To California Delayed, Colt’s Throat ‘Not Healed Enough Yet’ After Surgery

Omaha Beach’s landing at Santa Anita has been delayed. Originally scheduled to arrive tomorrow, the pre-race favorite for the May 4 Kentucky Derby was declared out of the race on May 1 due to an entrapped epiglottis, necessitating throat surgery that was performed May 3 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington. The son of […]

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Castellano Wins Four In A Row: Dogtag Hangs Tough In Hilltop

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano has now won four races in a row on the Black-Eyed Susan card this Friday at Pimlico, piloting LNJ Foxwoods’ homebred Dogtag to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Hilltop Stakes. The 3-year-old daughter of War Front, trained by Chad Brown, completed a mile over the “good” turf […]

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Casse: ‘Horse Racing World Should Be Happy War Of Will Is Such An Athlete’

Less than 24 hours after being in the eye of one of the most surreal editions of the Kentucky Derby in its 145-year history, trainer Mark Casse found himself marveling at another remarkable feat Sunday morning. He pulled out Gary Barber’s multiple graded stakes winner War of Will to see what the day after might […]

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‘Emotional’ Mandella Returns To Santa Anita; Omaha Beach To Follow

This morning, Richard Mandella was back at the last place he expected to be four days ago—his home base of Santa Anita. It was late Wednesday afternoon in Kentucky when it was announced that the three-year-old he trains, Omaha Beach, who happened to be the favorite to win today’s 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, would […]

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