Woodford Racing's Turf War, dead-heat winner of the Dec. 7 Boyd's Gaming Delta Jackpot (gr. III), could be entered in the $600,000 WinStar Derby March 16 at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
Trainer Mark Casse indicated that the full brother to graded stakes winner Grasshopper would be pointed to the Lane’s End Stakes (gr. II) March 22 at Turfway Park if they decided to bypass the WinStar.
Turf War's most recent start was a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Feb. 18 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park. However, the Kentucky-bred already has more than $500,000 in graded earnings and is 3-1-0 from six lifetime starts.
Out of the Mr. Prospector mare Grass Skirt, Turf War was a $100,000 purchase at the Keeneland 2006 September yearling sale. He made his first four career starts at Woodbine before coming off the pace to catch Z Humor in the Delta Jackpot.
In the Southwest, Turf War broke slowly and was never a factor.