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LARGE AND IN CHARGE

Posted by on 12/2/2013 8:06:16 PM

Teams in all sports back into wins and sometimes championships but you certainly can’t say that about Will Take Charge, who thrilled online sports betting site players last week with an inspiring win in the Clark Handicap.

His trainer D. Wayne Lukas was still in disbelief his runner had not won the Breeders’ Cup Classic when the photo finish camera say he came up a nose too late but his connections always had and still have tremendous faith in this sophomore star.

Going into the Clark his owner yearned for a revenge role and he got one, Willis Horton: “I’m so fond and I know his capabilities and how good he is. He’s the kind of horse that comes along once in a lifetime.”

Game on Dude as expected set the pace from the inside in the Clark and he had things pretty much his own way. He set a legit :47 1/5, 1:11 pace and had a 2 and a half-length lead at the top of the lane before feeling the heat.

Will Take Charge rallied to just get up in 1:49 1/5.

The next day, everything was moving smoothly. Lukas: “Boy, he pulled up good. He wasn’t stressed or dilated or anything. I was amazed. It was almost like he did it workmanlike and then said, ‘Well, that was what I was supposed to do.”

There are many offers on the table to send Will Take Charge right off to heaven and a stud career but his connections still have an option to race him in 2014.

Lukas: “There could be some argument to tie him up next year in the breeding shed, but I think he’ll race next year, maybe in a partnership. We’ll locate at Hot Springs, and I’m going to take a serious look at the Santa Anita Handicap. We’ll also look at Dubai, because he ran so well on the synthetic.

Lukas said early in the year that Will Take Charge would get better as the year went on and he was right on the money.

After winning his first start of the year in the Smarty Jones, Will Take Charge lost any shot in his next race when catching the slop but rebounded in a big way taking the Grade 2 Rebel.

A troubled 8th in the strangely run Kentucky Derby this year, his connections can look back in hindsight and see that race took something out of him as he was 7th in the Preakness and 10th in the Belmont Stakes.

Freshened for about 6 weeks, Will Take Charge showed he was back on his game when second in the Jim Dandy. He followed that win a Travers victory, a win in the Pennsylvania Derby and the nose defeat in the Classic when recording a career best 112 Beyer Speed Figure.

For his efforts in the Clark, he was rewarded with a 101 Beyer. He has won 6 of 15 in his career, has posted triple-digit Beyers in his last 5 races and has earned over $3 million.

If he wins the Eclipse Award, and he looks at this point to be a lead-pipe cinch to do just that, he will become the first 3-year-old to win a divisional title after racing in all 3 Triple Crown events and never hitting the board in those races.


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