All In Stable’s Willcox Inn,
who broke his maiden at first asking at Arlington
last September and defeated Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in the
process, worked five furlongs in 59.40 Saturday morning at Arlington
under jockey James Graham and then galloped out three-quarters in 1:11.40.
The sophomore son of Harlan’s
Holiday out of a Gone West mare recorded early splits of 24.40, 36.60, 48.40
and 59.40 in possible preparation for the upcoming $100,000 Arlington Classic
on May 28.
Trained by Mike Stidham,
Willcox Inn followed up his Chicago score with a third-place finish over
Keeneland’s Polytrack in the Grade I Breeders Futurity in October, then
recorded another third in the Churchill’s Grade II Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
in November over the Louisville lawn and finished second in Fair Grounds’
$60,000 Grindstone Stakes over a yielding grass course in New Orleans. In his
last trip to the post Willcox Inn finished eighth in the Grade I Blue Grass
Stakes at Keeneland.