Win Willy Gearing Up for New Oaklawn Campaign
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 1/3/2013 5:35:15 PM
Last Updated: 1/5/2013 3:32:57 PM
Jer-Mar Stable's Win Willy, a fan favorite at Oaklawn Park since upsetting the 2009 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at odds of 56-1, is preparing to kick off his 7-year-old season with a start in the $75,000 Fifth Season Stakes, the opening day feature Jan. 11.
Win Willy, who won the Fifth Season in 2011, breezed five furlongs Jan. 3 in 1:03 4/5 over a fast track.
"It was okay from what I could see," said trainer Mac Robertson. "We'll probably work him again before he runs. It looks like the Fifth Season is about right."
In addition to winning the 2011 Fifth Season, the Monarchos horse also won the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) that year, but was unable to duplicate that form in 2012 at Oaklawn. However, he rebounded to win three stakes at Delaware Park between June and October and most recently finished fourth in the $100,000 Swatara Stakes Nov. 21 at Penn National Race Course.
"He's had a lot of breaks over his time so he's stayed pretty fresh," said Robertson. "He really started to perk up at Delaware and got to running pretty good up there last year. It's a new year. He didn't like the way the (Oaklawn) track played last year, but so far it seems like he's doing better this time."
Win Willy has won five of 13 starts at Oaklawn since 2009. Bred in Kentucky by Overbrook Farm out of the Carson City mare City Fair, his career mark stands 10-5-3 in 27 races with earnings of $960,387.
Entries for the Fifth Season and the entire opening day card will be taken Jan. 8.
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