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Thursday, May 17, 2012


Win Willy looks to return to winning form in the Joseph French Memorial Overnight Stakes


Wilmington, Del., May 16, 2012 — Jer-Mar Stable’s Win Willy will look to return to his winning form when he faces six rivals in the mile-and-a-sixteenth $50,000 Joseph French Memorial Overnight Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday.

It was a little more than a year ago when the 6-year-old son of Monarchos visited the winner’s circle. On April 11, 2011, the Kentucky-bred conditioned by McLean Robertson posted a one-length score in the in the mile-and-an-eighth $350,000 Grade II Oaklawn Handicap. Since then, he has raced twice in losing efforts at Oaklawn Park. On March 10, he ran sixth in the Grade III Razorback Handicap, and on April 14 he ran seventh in the Grade II Oaklawn Handicap. He has a career record of seven wins, four seconds and two thirds from 20 starts with earnings of $827,127.


“He is there at Delaware, and he is doing well,” said Robertson. “He has had a couple of works over the surface, and he has run well at Delaware Park in the past. It is a logical spot. It is a step back obviously from the Oaklawn Handicap, but it is also a step back he needs to take. He really got nothing out of his first race back this year. But in his second race, he ran hard and just kind of got out ran. But he ran hard, and I think he is fit and ready now.”

Win Willy sports a Delaware Park record of a win and a second from two outings. In 2010, he won the $125,000 Brandywine Stakes and ran second in the $50,000 Grover Delp Memorial Stakes.

Another horse for course to watch is Tech Fall. The 4-year-old son of Birdstone is two for two at Delaware Park. In 2010, the Kentucky-bred trained by Anthony Dutrow broke his maiden in his career debut going, a mile and 70 yards. Last year, he won a mile-and-70-yard allowance. In his most recent effort, he finished third in the mile-and-an-eighth $75,000 Action Stakes at Aqueduct on April 15. He has a career record of three wins, two seconds and a third from seven starts with earnings of $123,400.


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