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Trainer Mark Casse said Saturday, after War of Will 's ninth place finish as Louisiana Derby (G2) favorite, that the star pillar inflicted an unspecified damage that left start gate at New Orleans Fair Grounds.
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Odds-on top-betting choices, War of Will entered the Louisiana Derby off victories in the Fair Grounds & # 39; Lecomte (G3) and the Risen Star G2) to qualify for 2019 Kentucky Derby .
There is a chance that colt will run on the first Saturday in May. Casse said Will of Will, a son of war front, will send as planned to Lexington, Ky., In the coming days. It could be further assessed.
Louisiana Derby's timing as a great preparation six weeks out from the Kentucky Derby is potentially beneficial.
"If it was just a muscle strain or something, yes, he could be back training in a few days," Casse said. "He has just taken a very strange step, I have trained horses now for 40 years. I can never remember a horse doing it from behind such."
Casse said he and his team counted five steps from the gate after the War of Will "broke like a shot" it "he spins on his right behind and we don't know exactly what he was doing."
The coach's heart was currently leaping.
"I really feel relieved that it's not worse than what it is," Casse said. "Of course we are all disappointed that he did not run better, but not nearly as disappointed as if something big had happened to him. The good news is whatever it is, it is not really serious. He has not destroyed it Something. "
In my standards, the Louisiana Derby was disturbed at 22-1.
Overall, Gary Barber's War of Will was 3-for-3 since shifting to dirt after earning status 1 on the grass at age 2. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione was in the irons Saturday.