Pace makes Win Willy's race, and when his trainer, Mac Robertson, saw
the fractional time for the opening half-mile of the Grade 2, $350,000
Oaklawn Handicap, it made his day.
"I really thought when they went in 46 and change, the way the horse had been doing, that we had the winner," said Robertson.
Win Willy put in his patented closing kick to overtake 2-5 favorite
Misremembered and won the 1 1/8-mile Oaklawn Handicap by a length.
Misremembered held second, while it was another 4 1/4 lengths back in
third to Winslow Homer.
The Oaklawn Cap was the first of nine stakes that will be run over the
final week of the meet as part of the annual Racing Festival of the
South. The cluster of big races are worth a cumulative $2.7 million,
with the richest the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 16.