War of Will 'building up his energy' for Belmont Stakes run

Photograph: Eclipse Sportswire

Preakness Stakes winner Struggle of Will went to the monitor Thursday for the primary time since his vintage triumph, handing over a very easy jog at Keeneland.

Getting the bay colt’s power reserves replenished following the primary two legs of the Triple Crown is the principle purpose for David Carroll, assistant to teacher Mark Casse, in getting ready Struggle of Will for an anticipated run within the June 8 Belmont Stakes.

Carroll stated the son of Struggle Entrance would have a very easy time of items this week earlier than most likely delivery to New York roughly 10 days earlier than the race and having a exercise over the Belmont major monitor.

“He was once satisfied to jog and at this time we are simply build up his power,” stated Carroll. “He was once just right. He felt nice soundness smart. I am certain in a pair days he’s going to be in need of to do just a little extra. Nevertheless it was once just right to get him again below tack.”

It’s been an eventful few weeks for Struggle of Will, starting along with his extremely publicized run within the Kentucky Derby, when he just about turned into entangled with Most Safety. After crossing the twine 8th and being increased to 7th by the use of disqualification, Gary Barber’s colt confirmed what he may do with a transparent commute when he surged up the rail to seize the Preakness through 1 ¼ lengths.

That victory marked the primary win in a Triple Crown race for Casse, Barber, and jockey Tyler Gaffalione. It additionally sparked a wild birthday celebration scene throughout the Carroll family again within the Bluegrass.

“It was once terrific no longer only for me however for the entire crew — someone related to him. Simply …. for him to turn what he is able to; have a pleasing, blank commute and run the race all of us concept he was once able to,” stated Carroll, who has been with the Casse barn since 2016. “The feelings have been overwhelming.

“I watched [the Preakness] at house with my son Declan and it were given beautiful loopy. I am satisfied nobody had a digital camera on us.”

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