Carrolls Invaluable Part of Team War of Will

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Before War of Will shipped back to Kentucky following the Preakness Stakes, trainer Mark Casse joked that one of the main issues to be sorted out in was which member of the Carroll family be getting on him before the Belmont Stakes.

Kim Carroll successfully guided Gary Barber's colt through his morning activities while in Baltimore, and she literally handed the reins off to her husband and top Casse assistant David Carroll at Keeneland.

David Carroll has some experience along these lines -- he galloped 1989 Belmont Stakes winner Easy Goer when working for Shug McGaughey 30 years ago. And now Kim once again has the duty of guiding War of Will through his morning preparations during his time in New York.

"They don't talk about it hardly - and I kind of like that," Casse said. "I would rather have a fresh opinion and not one that is influenced. But take nothing away from the Carrolls, he is pretty easy to gallop for the most part. Kim did a good job earlier on because he was very eager earlier this week."

With temperatures rising and the air getting increasingly humid, Casse sent War of Will and stablemate Sir Winston to the Belmont track about an hour earlier than normal on Thursday.

Sir Winston continued to train well over the deep surface, and War of Will had a routine routine gallop.

"One thing we did today is we made darn sure that nobody was around him," Casse said of War of Will. "The first day he went to the track, he had a horse gallop next to him the entire way. Today, he was as relaxed as he has been."

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