Willowuflywthme and driver Chris Long earned a new lifetime mark Monday, Sept. 12 at Saratoga Harness. The duo scored the win over the half-mile oval in 1:54.4.
Starting from post two, Willowuflywthme benefitted from Cruisin Thru Time and Billy Dobson to their inside going straight to the lead, allowing them to get the two-hole trip. After gapping past the quarter in :28.0, Willowuflywithme moved up to track Cruisin Thru time through fractions of :57.3 and 1:25.3 before any movement was detected to the outside. Ol Little Shift and Brett Beckwith moved to the outside in first over fashion heading into the final turn but stalled, allowing Willowuflywthme to get out and make a run at Cruisin Thru Time.
In the stretch, Willowuflywthme picked up the pace, striding home in :29.0 to score the win by two and one-quarter lengths over Party Queen and Leon Bailey, who closed in late for second. Cruising Thru Time held steady for third.
Willowuflywthme paid $32.40 as a longshot in the race. The five-year-old Indiana sired mare is trained by Christopher Dubois and owned by Robert Kluchevitz of Massachusetts. Tabatha DeLong bred the flashy grey mare by Jereme’s Jet, who received her grey coat from her mom Western Willow. It was the third win of 2022 for Willowuflywthme, who now has more than $50,000 in career earnings and six wins in 54 starts. She raced at Harrah’s Hoosier Park through her two-year-old season before venturing out east, racing up and down the Eastern Seaboard from Ocean Downs to upstate New York at Tioga Downs and Saratoga. She joined the Dubois Stable and relocated to Saratoga in August and is now three for three for her new connections.
Western Willow took a mark of 1:54.0 during her career. She has two other foals, Willowudancewthme by Fred and Ginger and Jet Wills, who is a three-year-old this season and has a mark of 1:53.0 taken at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Another Indiana sired horse won at Saratoga on Monday as Way Too Sweet moved first over to score the win in 1:55.4 for driver Shawn Gray. A daughter of Rockin Image, Way Too Sweet is trained by Andy Gardner and owned by George Tackley and Wendy Storrier. Victory Hill Farm Inc. bred the three-year-old filly, who earned her third win in 16 starts this year after going unraced at two. The mile was also a new career best for Way Too Sweet.