‘Very Bright And Not Tired’: Risen Star Winner War Of Will Pointed To Louisiana Derby

Gary Barber’s War of Will emerged from Saturday evening’s triumph in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La., in good order according to trainer Mark Casse’s assistant David Carroll who stated that the G2, $1 million Louisiana Derby on March 23 would likely be his next start.

“He looked wonderful,” Carroll said. “He cleaned up his feed last night and cleaned up his breakfast this morning.  Just had a little jog this morning and jogged beautifully. He seems very bright and not tired. We’re thrilled to death with him. He likes it here and I don’t see Mark or Mr. Barber wanting to change anything so as long as he stays healthy and sound (the Louisiana Derby) is the game plan.”

Now unbeaten in three starts over the main track, War of Will broke his maiden at Churchill Downs by five lengths before another easy performance in the G3 Lecomte Stakes on January 19, which he won by four lengths. When taking the Risen Star Stakes, he did so under a bit more urging from jockey Tyler Gaffalione and won by 2 1/2 lengths.

“With the outside post (14) we needed to get a forward position and once we did that he was on the bridle,” Carroll said. “Tyler took over a little sooner than he had liked. He said yesterday was the first time he waited on horses. Once he got after him I thought that he finished up very nice and his gallop out was very strong. I like to think there’s plenty left in the tank.”

Bred in Kentucky by Flaxman Holdings, War of Will is by War Front and is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Visions of Clarity (Ire.), a half-sister to 1997 G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Spinning World. Visions of Clarity also produced Pathfork – the winner of the Group 1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at The Curragh in 2010. Other members of his family include G1 turf winners Good Journey and Denon as well as Aldebaran – a three-time G1 winner on dirt. He was purchased by Casse’s brother Justin from the Arqana Two-Year-Olds In Training Breeze Up Sale in France last May for $298,550.

Risen Star Stakes runner-up Country House also exited his performance in good shape. The connections did not rule out returning for the Louisiana Derby.

Trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott, the son of Lookin At Lucky was five wide into the stretch and was unable to keep a straight path around the three-sixteenths pole but was still game enough to finish up a strong second.

“We were very pleased with his effort despite running pretty green in the stretch,” said Riley Mott, the assistant and son of trainer Bill Mott. “He came back well and looked good this morning. I’m sure the boss and the owners will discuss his next race once we get him back home but given how he shipped so well and handled the track fine I would say the Louisiana Derby would be an option for us.”

Earlier on the card, Country House’s half-sister Mitchell Road the Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course. Both are out of the War Chant broodmare Quake Lake and are owned by Mrs. J.V. Shields Jr. and E.J. McFadden. LNJ Foxwoods owns a piece of Country House.

Trainer Tom Amoss reported that his third-place finisher of the Risen Star Stakes Roiland was in good condition on Sunday morning and that a decision on the Louisiana Derby is “up in the air.” The James and Mary Durlacher-owned son of Successful Appeal made up for a distant seventh-place effort in the Lecomte Stakes when he rounded out the trifecta in the Risen Star Stakes, where he was 69-1.

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