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War Story Gears Up For Run At 'Crown' Winner In Haskell

Posted Saturday, Jul 18, 2015

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      War Story will make his first start under new trainer Jeffrey Radosevich when he comes to the Jersey Shore to take on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the 48th running of the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2.


            “The horse has been doing well,” said Radosevich, who conditions the horse for Loooch Racing Stable Inc. “I’ll probably ship him a day or two before the race. We are only about six or seven hours away, but will also look at the weather to see how hot it will be. We may ship in a couple days prior depending on that.”


            War Story is coming off a fourth place finish in the Ohio Derby at Thistledown, where he is currently stabled, after a slow beginning that left him second to last going into the first turn. Prior to that start, the 3-year-old gelding by Northern Afleet out of the Pulpit mare Belle Watling was a multiple graded stakes place runner in the Grade 2 Risen Star and the Grade 3 Lecomte, both at Fair Grounds. Those finishes led him into the starting gate of this year’s Kentucky Derby.


            “I’ll probably work him about 10 or 12 days out from the race,” said Radosevich. “He will most likely go five furlongs.”


            War Story has worked once since his Ohio Derby start, where he went four furlongs over a “muddy” Thistledown main track in :51 1/5 on July 13.


            “There appears to be so much speed that is going to be in the race,” said Radosevich. “We are going to have to sit off the early pace and hope for one good run.”


            Along with War Story and American Pharoah, other probable entries for the race include Mr. Jordan, trained by Monmouth based Eddie Plesa Jr., either Stanford or Competitive Edge out of Todd Pletcher’s barn, and Anthony Dutrow conditioned Tekton. Other possible entrants include Keen Ice, Bent on Bourbon and Good Pick Nick.


            Jockey Colby Hernandez will be aboard War Story for the Haskell.   


The William Hill Haskell will be televised live on NBC from 5-6 p.m. and is part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Series, with the victor getting an automatic berth to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31. 


            Gates will open earlier than originally scheduled at 9 a.m. on that day with first post at 11:30 a.m.


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