03/06/2012 4:28PM

Oaklawn: Alternation, Win Willy work for Razorback

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Alternation, with Luis Quinonez riding, wins the Essex Handicap.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Grade 2 winners Alternation and Win Willy, who have been co-highweighted at 120 pounds for the Razorback, both breezed for the race Tuesday at Oaklawn. Alternation went a half-mile in 49.80 seconds, with Oaklawn's head clocker, Jim Hamilton, recording his first quarter-mile in 26.20 seconds and his final quarter in 23.40 seconds. Hamilton also had the horse galloping out five furlongs in 1:02.20.

"We just wanted him to stretch his legs a little and everything went well," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Alternation for Pin Oak Stable.

Von Hemel said Luis Quinonez was aboard for the work and has the mount Saturday.  
Win Willy worked first after the renovation break, under regular rider Cliff Berry. He went five furlongs in 1:02.60, with Hamilton catching him galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.

"I thought he went real good," said Mac Robertson, who trains Win Willy for Jer-Mar Stable. "I thought he finished good, galloped out good. I was happy with it."

The Razorback will share a card with the Grade 3, $125,000 Honeybee for 3-year-old fillies, and On Fire Baby remains a go after coming out of a Saturday workout "super," said her trainer, Gary Hartlage.

Amie's Dini, winner of the $75,000 Martha Washington, is also set to start, said her trainer, Ron Moquett. Inca Miss is probable, said Von Hemel, while others expected include Rocket Twentyone, Silver Hustler and Our Domain.