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War of Will

2019 Belmont Stakes Contender

Owner: Gary Barber
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Post Position:9
ML Odds: 2/1

Get to Know War of Will


Sire: War Front (Danzig)
Dam: Visions of Clarity (Sadler's Wells)
Date of Birth: April 17, 2016
Breeder: Flaxman Holdings Limited

Starts: 10
Wins: 4
Seconds: 1
Thirds: 1
Earnings: $1,491,569

Last 4 Races


Date Track Race Finish
May 18, 2019Pimplico Race CoursePreakness Stakes (Gr. 1)1st
May 4, 2019Churchill DownsKentucky Derby (Gr. 1)7th
March 23, 2019Fair GroundsLouisiana Derby (Gr. 2)9th
February 16, 2019Fair GroundsRisen Star Stakes (Gr. 2)1st

Bettor's Edge

By Jeremy Plonk

The Preakness winner made amends for his troubled Kentucky Derby trip and comes to New York as the only Grade 1 stakes winner in the Belmont field. That may appear to make him a standout, but note that Afleet Alex (2005) and Tabasco Cat (1994) are the last Preakness-Belmont winners not trained by Bob Baffert. Pairing up such victories hasn’t been easy over the years. And nothing has come easy for War of Will, who battled hind-end soreness after the Louisiana Derby and a rough go on the far turn on the first Saturday in May. Some question sire War Front for his ability to get a winner over a mile and one-half, but the damside often provides the stamina and long-winded damsire Sadler’s Wells serves as a feather in War of Will’s cap. Speed-figure aficionados will cite that he’s never run a particularly fast number and doesn’t lay over the field in that department. Mark Casse and Tyler Gaffalione got their first classic victories 3 weeks ago at Pimlico.

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News

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6.3.2019

War of Will Arrives at Belmont for G1 Belmont Stakes

ELMONT, N.Y. - Grade 1 Preakness winner War of Will arrived at trainer Mark Casse's barn on the Belmont Park backstretch early Monday morning by van from his Keeneland base in Lexington, Kentucky. Jo...

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5.25.2019

Mark Casse Preparing War of Will & Sir Winston for Belmont Stakes

ELMONT, N.Y. - Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse will saddle both War of Will and Sir Winston in the Belmont Stakes. Casse said Gary Barber's War of Will, who was a powerful winner of the Gr...

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5.19.2019

War of Will Exits Preakness in Good Order, Targets Belmont Stakes

BALTIMORE — Gary Barber’s War of Will exited his 1 ¼-length victory over the late-running Everfast in Saturday’s144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course in good order and will run i...

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5.18.2019

War of Will Rallies to Capture 2019 Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE – Gary Barber’s War of Will, who finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) following a most eventful journey two weeks ago, rebounded with a victory in Saturday’s 144th Preakness St...

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2.21.2019

War of Will: A Budding Superstar?

Did a superstar win last Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes? To be perfectly candid, I would not call Risen Star winner War of Will a superstar. Not yet. Among recent Thoroughbreds, who would I call a s...

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