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Del Mar Record To Willow O Wisp
Front-running 3YO gelding Willow O Wisp (Misnomer-Willow Woodman, by Woodman) "drew plenty of cheers after setting a course record" & landing his 3rd-consecutive graded stakes victory in winning the US$400,000 Gr2 Del Mar Derby (9 furlongs on turf), reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Willow O Wisp (ridden by Garrett Gomez for trainer Vladimir Cerin) ran 1min 45.85sec to defeat fellow 3YOs Tedo (a German-bred in his US debut) & Osidy (who won the Gr3 Will Rogers Stakes in May); Special Ring set the previous mark at 1min 45.87sec in winning the Gr1 Eddie Read Handicap in July 2003. Florida-bred Willow O Wisp now has 5 wins (all on turf, including the Gr3 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park in June & Gr2 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar in August) in 12 starts for US$509,240 earnings.