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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


War of Will keeps acting like he’s back–and he’s coming back with a vengeance. With Maximum Security also reportedly doing very well, and with Game Winner pointing the same way, the Pennsylvania Derby is coming up huge.

Over a wet main track at Belmont Park Saturday, WOW breezed a bullet five furlongs in 59 flat for the showdown at Parx September 21.

“He ended up going a little faster than we anticipated,” said Mark Casse assistant, Jamie Begg. “The track was pretty fast and he did it very easily.”

Since he emptied out after setting the Jim Dandy pace, War of Will has worked thrice, two at Saratoga before yesterday’s breeze, both bullet moves.

“His work yesterday [was] easier than Saratoga. We know he likes water in the track and I think that’s why the time was so quick.”

War of Will will have a soft blowout next weekend and ship to Bensalem on raceday.
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  1. War of Will strikes me as one of those horses who always promise more than they deliver.

    He has hit the board only once in his past five starts, his perfect trip triumph in the Preakness, which was one of the softest renewals in recent memory.

    He’s a nice colt, even an above average colt, but he is not a star, at least not yet. Attrition of the rest of his generation might be his path to stardom.

  2. You may be right, or I may see more in WOW than you do.

    Truth is we’ll never know what would have happened in Kentucky had Saez kept a straight course; good or bad.

    Guess we’ll all learn more in Bensalem. I’m a little torn because Game Winner was my Derby horse who also had, and still has, something to prove.

    As far as attrition goes, I see that more as timing than anything else. God forbid they all come back at 4. If they do, they will make everyone forget the this underachieving handicap class pronto.

    You and I can go horse for horse in Pa Derby; I assume you’ll be on Max Security?

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