Case Study – KY Oaks Contender – Will’s Secret

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WILL’S SECRET (Will Take Charge – Girls Secret, by Giant’s Causeway)

A homebred campaigned by Willis Horton Racing and trained by Dallas Stewart, Will’s Secret was bred in Kentucky by her owner and is out of the winning Giant’s Causeway mare, Girls Secret. Will’s Secret has an overall race record of three wins and three thirds from seven starts, with earnings of $383,300. She is the first foal out of her dam, who has an unraced 2-year-old colt by Will Take Charge and a Hard Spun yearling colt. The mare was bred back to Hard Spun for 2021.

Will’s Secret will enter the starting gate for Friday’s Kentucky Oaks coming out of the 11 hole at 30-1 odds. The Will Take Charge filly finished third behind fellow Oaks entries, Malathaat (5-2) and Pass the Champagne (15-1), in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland. Prior to that, she won the Grade 3 Honeybee Stakes and the Marsha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

OPTIMAL Mating Analysis

Horses bred on OPTIMAL Matings have proven to possess more potential to become superior racehorses. In fact, most will break their maiden in the first two starts. Combined with a good physical, good vetting and a price that falls within a budget, OPTIMAL Matings help to focus on buying or breeding better racehorses.

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2 Sire Families (8C, 11) & 5 Running Families (1R, 4M, 2:O, 1L, 1W)

Key Linebreedings – Will’s Secret

  • 4,5×5 Fappiano – through sons Unbridled, Rubiano and Quiet American
  • 4×5 Caro – through daughters Trolley Song and Carlotta Maria
  • 5×5 Secretariat – through daughters Sister Dot and Terlingua
  • 5×5 Blushing Groom – gender balanced through daughter Grand Bonheur and son Rahy

Similar Breedings

  • Unbridled’s Song over Giant’s Causeway
    • Grade 3 Stakes Winner
      • Paths of Victory (Noble Tune o/o Arch mare)
  • Unbridled over Giant’s Causeway
    • Grade 2 Stakes Winners
      • New and Improved (Cairo Prince o/o Giant’s Causeway mare)
      • Kiss Today Goodbye (Cairo Prince o/o Heatseeker mare)
    • Grade 3 Stakes Winners
      • Cassatt (Tapit o/o Giant’s Causeway mare)
      • Tusk (Tapit o/o Shamardal mare)
      • Untrapped (Trappe Shot o/o Giant’s Causeway mare)
      • Venezuelan Hug (Constitution o/o Giant’s Causeway mare)
  • Unbridled’s Song over Storm Cat
    • 7 Grade 1 Stakes Winners
    • 5 Grade 2 Stakes Winners
    • 10 Grade 3 Stakes Winners
  • Unbridled over Storm Cat
    • 24 Grade 1 Stakes Winners
    • 23 Grade 2 Stakes Winners
    • 43 Grade 3 Stakes Winners
  • Dehere over Storm Cat
    • Grade 2 Stakes Winners
      • Call Paul (Friesian Fire o/o Forestry mare)
      • Nonconformist (Rebel Raider o/o Hold That Tiger mare)
      • Long Range Toddy (Take Charge Indy o/o Unbridled’s Song mare)
      • Noble Indy (Take Charge Indy o/o Storm Boot mare)
    • Grade 3 Stakes Winners
      • Hurricane Ike (Graeme Hall o/o Future Storm mare)
      • Lombo (Graydar o/o Johannesburg mare)
      • Tamarind Hall (Graeme Hall o/o Forest Wildcat mare)
      • Governor Charlie (Midnight Lute o/o Storm Cat mare)
  • Unbridled over Maria’s Mon
    • Grade 1 Stakes Winners
      • Dream Dancing (Tapit o/o Monarchos mare)
      • Evilasio (Manipulator o/o Monarchos mare)

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