Heavy Lifting Done for Now
Friday morning at Fair Grounds, assistant trainer David Carroll did not get the track that he anticipated, but rain was forecast for Saturday, so it was time to War of Will to work.
Following the renovation break, Risen Star Stakes winner War of Will breezed a half-mile in :47.60 over a sealed wet track -- it was officially rated fast -- and galloped out five-eighths in 1:01.00 under exercise rider Eduardo Guererro.
Following the move, everything is on go for War of Will in the Louisiana Derby.
“We were hoping to breeze him over a fast track (today) since we had rain in the forecast for tonight,” Carroll said. “The weather even surprised the track crew. We were very happy with him, so we’ll enter tomorrow and hopefully have a good week leading up to the race.
“We’re dealing with the Fair Grounds, which has such a tremendous bottom on it,” Carroll said. “It’s just a very good surface. Obviously you’d rather be on a fast track, but if it’s an off track we feel very comfortable with it. This winter we’ve had a lot of rain so he’s trained on an off track. Having said that, he trained beautifully. I’m tickled to death with him. It was just a maintenance work, and I think the track was playing a little fast with a sealed track, but I was very impressed with him today.
“Our main concern his him, we just want to keep him happy and healthy,” Carroll said. “As long as we can do that, then it’s up to him after that. There are bigger races ahead, but distance wise he shouldn’t have any issues moving forward. He’s out of a Sadler’s Wells mare, so he should be able to go all day.”