2nd at 3REBEL S.
(gr. II , 8.5f , to Win Willy, defeating Poltergeist, Captain Cherokee, Silver City, Pointing Home, His Greatness, Hamazing Destiny, Wise Kid ).
Win Willy, a $25,000 auction yearling, placed himself squarely in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) picture with a hard-fought triumph in the March 14 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. The longest shot on the board, at 56-1, Win Willy made his move from the back of the pack around the far turn and caught 2-5 favorite Old Fashioned in the final furlong.
Win Willy, who races for Jer-Mar Stable, is by 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos.
Bred by the Young familyÕs Overbrook Farm, Win Willy was bought by Jer-Mar for $25,000 on the last day of the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale. Eaton Sales consigned the colt as agent for Overbrook.
Located near Lexington, Overbrook was founded by the late William T. Young, who raced and stood the great stallion Storm Cat at his farm. Although Storm Cat does not appear in Win WillyÕs pedigree, his sire, Storm Bird, does. Storm Bird is the sire of Win WillyÕs second dam, Encorevous.
The Rebel victory came in Win WillyÕs first added-money start. Win Willy had begun the year with a victory in an optional claiming race Feb. 22 at Oaklawn.
Win WillyÕs dam, City Fair, was bred by Overbrook and was a stakes winner in the Overbrook silks. She won the Correction Handicap in New York and was stakes-placed six times.
Overbrook no longer owns City Fair. Scott and Evan Dilworth bought the daughter of deceased Overbrook stallion Carson City for $77,000 from Eaton Sales, agent for Overbrook, at this yearÕs Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. City Fair was in foal to Include.
OverbrookÕs success in major races over the years includes a Kentucky Derby triumph. The outfitÕs homebred Grindstone won the 1996 Run for the Roses.
If Win Willy captures the Kentucky Derby, he will become the third Rebel winner to do so. SunnyÕs Halo was the first, winning the 1983 Run for the Roses. In 2004 Smarty Jones captured the Derby. He also won the classic Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and was voted champion 3-year-old male.
Other Rebel winners to win classics were Temperence Hill (1980 Belmont Stakes, gr. I), Pine Bluff (1992 Preakness), Victory Gallop (1998 Belmont), and Curlin (2007 Preakness).
Monarchos has sired 11 stakes winners, including additional 2009 added-money winners Bingham and Rapper S S. Monarchos stands for $6,000 at the Nuckols familyÕs Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky.ÑD.S.
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