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Willow she get a Camden hat trick?
Two-time Springdale winner Willow U stepping up in class, takes on the guys, in Carolina Cup feature
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WILLOW U CARRIED JACK DOYLE to victory in Camden last spring and fall for trainer Richard Valentine. On Saturday, she will attempt to become only the second mare to win the Carolina Cup feature with Shane Crimin aboard. - photo by Tom Didato
Sired by a horse bred in Japan out of a mare hailing from France with one grandfather from Great Britain and another born in Kentucky, Willow U has a lineage which would keep the fine folks at ancestry.com up to their eyeballs in background checking for days upon end. Yet, it is not her varied international breeding which led trainer Richard Valentine to entering the 6-year-old mare into the $75,000 feature of Saturday’s The Mullikin Law Firm Carolina Cup. Where her parents and grandparents were bred and raced notwithstanding, one only needs to take a look at Willow U’s form at the Springdale Racecourse to learn why she is perceived to be a threat in the first of three National Steeplechase Association spring novice chases.