GAFFALIONE: “HE’S BACK”

“[War Of Will] worked extremely good this morning,” Mark Casse told NYRA staffers Sunday morning. “We were looking for 48 and he went in 47, but that was OK. Tyler [Gaffalione] was just amazed. The first thing Tyler said when he got back was, ‘He’s back.’  

Meanwhile, the Jason Servis camp has been quiet. Is the Pennsylvania Derby and a rematch with War of Will looming, or is a retirement announcement imminent? After all, owner Gary West still has Game Winner getting ready.

Meanwhile, Casse, has made several subtle equipment changes that might move up his Preakness colt. “We put a rubber figure eight bit on him to keep his mouth shut. He opens his mouth pretty good and [when he worked] he had his mouth shut, which was better.

“The other thing we did was put glue-on shoes on him because his feet have always been tender.”

There are two other variables that War of Will prefers. Like most horses he does much better in cooler weather and prefers tighter racetracks. He might have been over the top going into the Belmont but old “Big Sandy” got to him, too.

It surely would be a coup for Parx is they manage to bring Maximum Security, War of Will and Game Winner together on Pennsylvania Derby day, SEP 21–and there will be a few others to make things even more interesting.

Don’t look now the the fall championship season is upon us

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