war of will

Pennsylvania Derby: Casse Anxious For War Of Will To Regain Top Form

The last time the racing world saw War of Will, the 3-year-old colt was a fading fifth in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. That was in late July and after that race trainer Mark Casse thought it was time to regroup. That time is done. War of Will, who earlier […]

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Improbable Now 8-5 On Pennsylvania Derby’s Revised Morning Line

Maximum Security, the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 40th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing, will not run. Trainer Jason Servis announced Tuesday that the colt will miss the race because of an issue with his colon. “He was doing great,” Servis said. “I was really looking forward to […]

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Pennsylvania Derby Features Long-Awaited Maximum Security, War Of Will Rematch

The long awaited rematch between Maximum Security and War of Will serves as the backdrop for Saturday’s running of the $1 million G1 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing. The two principle players in the notorious bumping incident that resulted in the first winner of the Kentucky Derby to ever be disqualified will face each other […]

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Maximum Security, War Of Will, Improbable Among 21 Pennsylvania Derby Nominations

This year’s Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby has drawn 21 thoroughbreds nominated towards a start in the 40th Running of the 1 1/8 mile event to be held on Saturday September 21, at Parx Racing.  The Penn Derby, raised to Grade 1 status in 2017, has become an important prep race for 3-year-olds en […]

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War Of Will Posts Another ‘Stiff Breeze’ In Preparation For Pennsylvania Derby

Gary Barber’s War of Will, under exercise rider Amy Mullen, breezed a bullet five furlongs in 59 flat on the Belmont main track on Saturday 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 […]

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War Of Will ‘Really Thriving’ In Preparation For Pennsylvania Derby

Trainer Mark Casse breezed Grade 1 winners War of Will and Got Stormy over Woodward weekend at Saratoga in preparation for upcoming Grade 1 starts out of town. Gary Barber’s War of Will, a four-time winner with more than $1.5 million in purse earnings, captured the Grade 1 Preakness in May ahead of an off-the-board […]

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War Of Will ‘Like A Monster’ In Bullet Work At Saratoga

Looking more like the horse that gave Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse his first American Classic victory in the Grade 1 Preakness this spring, Gary Barber’s War of Will sizzled through a half-mile breeze in 47.04 seconds over Saratoga’s main track Sunday morning. With regular rider Tyler Gaffalione aboard, it was the second […]

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‘Trying To Get Him Back Up To Where He Was’: War Of Will Aiming For Pennsylvania Derby

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 […]

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Got Stormy Responds Beautifully To ‘Big Ask,’ Will Target Woodbine Mile

Gary Barber and Southern Equine Stables’ Got Stormy had her connections in positive spirits after the 4-year-old Get Stormy filly bested the boys in a 2 ½-length win in the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap on Saturday. The Mark Casse trainee, who won the Fasig-Tipton De La Rose on August 3 at Saratoga, stormed back […]

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Jim Dandy Top Two Tax, Tactitus Join Prospective Field For Travers

All was well with Tax following his second graded stakes victory in Saturday’s Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga, where he broke on top and led the race into the first turn but was passed up by War of Will at the quarter-mile mark. Around the far turn, Tax was back in command and […]

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