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The results of the four grass races to start his career are a clear indicator that War of Will has talent. His first three dirt races, all of which were wins, showed he was a serious contender for the Kentucky Derby. But what to make of his Louisiana Derby effort?
Word on the street is that there was a minor issue that is now a thing of the past, and that War of Will heads to Louisville in fine shape. And with eight career starts, it’s hard to be concerned about seasoning. But should we be concerned that perhaps he didn’t get enough out of his final prep? I’ll buy the injury excuse since the performance was just so far below what was expected. But how many times have we seen a Derby contender experience a hiccup somewhere on the Derby Trail and still go on and run a big race on the first Saturday in May? I don’t recall ever seeing that.
From a tactical standpoint, War of Will should be in a position to prove he’s good enough. He’ll likely be up close and barring any traffic issues, he’ll get his shot. And if you like him, that poor final prep will help the price.
For me, with the recent injury and the dull final prep, I can’t use him in a big way. He’s got a better chance than some of these, but I’m feeling more negative vibes than positive ones. I’ll be passing.