Willcox Inn gallant in G3 Washington Park
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Harlan's Holiday's Willcox Inn collected his third graded stakes victory with a thrilling nose victory over Gallant Eagle in Saturday's $150,000 Washington Park H. (G3) at Arlington Park (VIDEO).

Harlan's Holiday, who stood the 2013 season at WinStar Farm for $35,000, has had another banner year with his progeny on the racetrack. With 18 stakes wins in just over $5.7 million, Harlan's Holiday is ninth on the 2013 General Sire list.

Settled by jockey James Graham off modest early splits of :24.69 and :49.81, Willcox Inn was some four lengths off the pace set by Gallant Eagle (IRE). Willcox Inn began make up ground around the far turn while out wide. Within a head at the eighth pole, Willcox Inn battled Gallant Eagle and late-closing Hattaash to the wire, prevailing over that duo in a three-horse photo.

The final time for the nine furlongs was an excellent 1:49.62, less than a half-second off the track record.

“He’s very tough when he gets into a fight,” said Graham. “He loves it more than just sprinting away from them. He ran by (Gallant Eagle) and then started to wait a little bit on him. The other horse came back on him and he fought all the way to the wire – head down and he threw his nose down on it in front.”

With the win, the Mike Stidham-trained Willcox Inn boosted his career earnings to $939,543 for co-owner Lael Stable and All In Stable.

Trainer Michael Stidham added, “If there was ever a photo we needed to win – this was the one. This little horse, he tries hard every time. We’ve put him in some tough spots all year long. He got the job done and James did a great job.”

In addition to Saturday's victory, 5-year-old Willcox Inn has graded stakes victories in the American Derby (G2) and Hawthorne Derby (G3) during his 3-year-old season.
Thrilling Honorable Miss H. (G2) goes to Haveyougoneaway title=
Congrats

Thrilling Honorable Miss H. (G2) goes to Haveyougoneaway

Congrats' top-class mare Haveyougoneaway won her fifth stakes, and first in a graded race with a gallant victory in the $200,000 Honorable Miss H. (G2)...

[read more]

Pioneerof the Nile 2YO takes Group 3 in Japan title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile 2YO takes Group 3 in Japan

Levante Lion is now a perfect 2-for-2 following the 2-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile's victory in the July 23 Hakodate Nisai S. (G3) on July 24...

[read more]

Exposure newest stakes winner for Colonel John title=
Colonel John

Exposure newest stakes winner for Colonel John

Colonel John, the leading 2016 Fourth-Crop sire of graded stakes horses, black type horses and winners, got his 20th lifetime black type horse on Saturday...

[read more]

Super Allison gallant in NY Oaks victory title=
Super Saver

Super Allison gallant in NY Oaks victory

Super Allison became Super Saver's latest stakes winner with an extremely game victory in the $75,000 New York Oaks on Saturday...

[read more]

WinStar's One Liner triumphs in Saratoga MdSpWt title=
One Liner

WinStar's One Liner triumphs in Saratoga MdSpWt

One Liner, co-owned by China Horse Club and WinStar Farm, forged to the lead in mid-stretch and went on to a 1 1/2-length maiden special weight win Saturday afternoon...

[read more]

Midnight Storm repels all challengers in Eddie Read S. (G2) title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Midnight Storm repels all challengers in Eddie Read S. (G2)

Midnight Storm chalked up his second straight graded stakes victory in Sunday's $250,000 Eddie Read S., winning by a half-length after controlling the pace...

[read more]

Colonel John filly crushes foes in Angie C. S. title=
Colonel John

Colonel John filly crushes foes in Angie C. S.

Karula was making her racing debut, but lack of experience didn't hold back the 2-year-old daughter of Colonel John, who rocketed to an 11-length victory in the $50,000 Angie C. S...

[read more]

Gemologist filly scores first out in Del Mar maiden special weight title=
Gemologist

Gemologist filly scores first out in Del Mar maiden special weight

Making her debut Saturday at Del Mar, Morganite turned in a professional-looking performance to best a field of 10 2-year-old fillies by 1 1/2-lengths...

[read more]

American Patriot sets track record in Grade 3 Kent S. title=
American Patriot

American Patriot sets track record in Grade 3 Kent S.

WinStar Farm's homebred colt American Patriot set a course record Saturday at Delaware Park while winning the 1 1/8-mile Kent S. (G3)...

[read more]

More Than Ready colt sparkles in Rose Bowl S. title=
More Than Ready

More Than Ready colt sparkles in Rose Bowl S.

Mokarris' commanding win in the Rose Bowl S. Friday at Newbury raceourse in England gave the 2-year-old More Than Ready colt his first stakes win...

[read more]