'He's back'; War of Will thrives in Pennsylvania Derby work

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Taking a look extra like the pony that gave Canadian Corridor of Reputation teacher Mark Casse his first American vintage victory within the Preakness Stakes final spring, Gary Barber’s Conflict of Will sizzled thru a half-mile breeze in 47.04 seconds over Saratoga’s major observe Sunday morning.


With common rider Tyler Gaffalione aboard, it was once the second one paintings for Conflict of Will since completing a well-beaten 5th within the July 27 Jim Dandy (G2). The time was once the quickest of 69 horses on the distance.


“He labored extraordinarily just right this morning,” Casse stated. “We had been on the lookout for 48 and he went in 47, however that was once OK. Tyler was once simply amazed. The very first thing Tyler stated when he were given again was once, ‘He is again.'”


Between the Preakness and Jim Dandy, Conflict of Will ran 9th at the back of stablemate Sir Winston within the Belmont Stakes. Conflict of Will returned from the Jim Dandy with a half-mile breeze in 50.54 August 17.

 “I had this dialog with Gary this morning. I feel Conflict of Will prospers within the cooler climate,” Casse stated. “Simply when it cooled off the previous few days, he was once like a monster. He was once seeking to greenback off the rider the day before today, and he is very quiet. Some horses thrive within the chilly.


“We modified somewhat bit. We put a rubber determine 8 [bit] on him to stay his mouth close,” Casse added. “He opens his mouth beautiful just right, and these days he had his mouth close, which was once higher. The opposite factor we did was once final week we went forward and put glue-on footwear on him, as a result of his ft have at all times been gentle. I do not know if that helped. Possibly it was once a mixture of a couple of issues.”


Conflict of Will is being pointed to a go back within the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on Saturday, June 21. 


“The only factor we all know he likes, and I feel it could have were given him that day, he likes a tighter observe. I comprehend it ate him up within the Belmont,” Casse stated. “I may give him an excuse within the Belmont; I could not give him a lot of an excuse within the Jim Dandy. So, we are going to disregard about it and transfer ahead.”

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