On Tuesday, War of Will galloped on the track at Belmont Park for the first time since arriving from Keeneland by van during the wee hours of Monday.
He and Sir Winston, both trained by Mark Casse, paddock schooled before heading to the main track. There was a little scare when the alarm went off for a pair of horses loose on the track, but the rest of the training session went off without incident, and both loose horses were are fine.
"I thought they both went really well," Casse said. "My heart rate went up. Of course, there's always something befalling War of Will. But they said he acted fine. This track is so big, it's tough to really see, but they said he went fine. I had planned on jogging him this morning, but he had so much energy and was trying to jump on everybody and tried to jump on me, so I said to go ahead and gallop him."
Casse said he'll keep plans for the rest of the week fluid.
"I kind of play it day-to-day. He does do a lot of jogging normally," Casse said. "But he'll probably gallop tomorrow. I thought he looked great on the track today."
Sir Winston is more familiar with Belmont, having run second to Global Campaign in the Peter Pan on May 11. Since that start, which earned him a personal-best 100 Beyer Speed Figure, the Awesome Again colt has breezed twice on Belmont's main track. Joel Rosario will be in the irons.
"I thought it was extremely encouraging," Casse said. "If the pace were to get pretty hot, it's going to help Sir Winston, because he's truly a mile-and-a-half horse. One thing about it; the pace won't likely be as fast, so he probably won't come as far out of it. But we're not going to take him out of his way. Joel will let him be comfortable, and he'll come running."
According to NYRA, the Belmont Stakes post position draw will be live streamed at www.belmontstakes.com. The ceremony is set to begin today at 5:30 ET.