04/03/2014 10:18AM

Productive broodmare Willow Woodman dies at 23


Willow Woodman, dam of three stakes winners, died March 31 due to the infirmities of old age. The Woodman mare was 23.

A winner during her own racing career, Willow Woodman produced 10 winners from 11 starters, including Grade 2 winner Willow O Wisp, by Misnomer; and stakes winners Will O Way, by Broken Vow, and Kizzy's Chaos, by Evansville Slew.

Willow O Wisp was a multiple graded stakes winner on the turf in California, including a course record-setting performance in the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby. The gelding also captured the Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap, Grade 3 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap, and Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap, and earned $718,204 in his career.

Will O Way also scored her greatest successes on the West Coast, capturing the California Oaks and placing in four graded stakes including a third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante.

In addition to her three stakes winners, Willow Woodman was also the dam of winner Dance Lessons, who in turn produced multiple stakes winner and $780,000 earner Paso Doble.

Willow Woodman is represented by a number of active offspring on the track in 5-year-old winner Will to Shine, 4-year-old winner Will He Amaze, and 3-year-old winner Money Talks. The mare is the dam of a yearling filly by Haynesfield.

Willow Woodman was produced by the winning Topsider mare Side Dancer, a half-sister to stakes winner and producer Miss Czara and stakes winner Hold Me Tender.