War of Will might just be the buzz horse for the Preakness. Yes he was mixed up in the fray at the 145th Kentucky Derby, but he has emerged healthy and appears ready to run. It was not that long ago he was considered one of the top three-year olds in the country. Then the Louisiana Derby happened and a mysterious ninth place finish dropped him off the radar. A big run from post one on the first Saturday in May has people remembering why they were enamored with him after powerful scores in the Lecomte and Risen Star Stakes. A talented and athletic son of War Front, this Mark Casse trained colt might be headed to Old Hilltop in peak form.
“I think he is better than ever right now,” says Casse. “He is a very talented horse that makes things look easy. War of Will is a horse that has gears and I think coming through all the challenges of the Kentucky Derby will only make him better. He was beaten only four lengths despite all the challenges he faced.”
Casse has yet to win a Triple Crown race but just missed by a nose in the 2017 Preakness with Classic Empire.