War Of Will ‘Feeling A Lot Better’ Sunday After Louisiana Derby Misstep

About four steps out of the gate in Saturday’s Louisiana Derby, 4-5 favorite War of Will took several awkward steps with his hind end. Winding up in traffic, the Mark Casse trainee did not engage in the stretch run and finished ninth. Casse told the Daily Racing Form‘s Jay Privman that the 3-year-old War Front colt most likely “strained something” during the race, but there was positive news about War of Will on Sunday morning.

“Right after the race, when we got back to the barn, he was walking really off in his right hind,” Casse said. “We think it was a freak deal and he’s going to be fine. He’s feeling a lot better this morning. We feel fortunate. Forget about losing the race. His health is the most important thing.”

After the race, veterinarian Robert McMartin told Casse he thought the colt “caught his stifle,” meaning that the patella (analogous to a human kneecap) slipped out of place briefly, possible causing strained ligaments.

Winner of both the Lecomte and Risen Star at the Fair Grounds this meet, War of Will has not been ruled out of the Kentucky Derby in six weeks time. The colt will ship to Keeneland on Tuesday, Casse said, and his Derby status will depend on how he progresses from the setback.

Read more at drf.com (behind paywall).

Doing some timing work for the Louisiana Derby, and this is what the picture looks like at the start of timing for War of Will. Doesn’t look good at all to my eye. pic.twitter.com/9Q7kEGibLe

— Craig Milkowski (@TimeformUSfigs) March 24, 2019

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