Will Take Charge Stays on Top of Derby Leaderboardhttp://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/will-take-charge-stays-on-top-of-derby-leaderboard/Thoroughbred News
Black Onyx, who was not an early Triple Crown nominee, beat Uncaptured by 1 ½ lengths to earn 50 points. Because owner Sam Herzberg confirmed after the race that he would pay the $6,000 late nomination fee due by midnight ET, Black Onyx has been added to the Leaderboard and debuts at No. 3. Will Take Charge still leads contenders with 60 points, while Black Onyx becomes one of five horses tied with 50 points.
Runner-up Uncaptured earned 20 points, which brought his overall total to 30, which ranks No. 8 on the preference list.
Giant Finish was third and earned 10 points. He was not included on the Leaderboard because he is not an early Triple Crown nominee. Trainer Tony Dutrow said he’d discuss a late nomination with the owners, but that it was “highly likely.”
Taken by the Storm finished fourth and earned five points.
The series continues Sunday with the Sunland Derby in New Mexico.
In Kentucky Oaks news, Silsita, ridden by John Velazquez, won a nose decision over Marathon Lady and collected 50 points to debut at No. 6. The runner-up banked 20 but she is not an early Kentucky Oaks nominee and does not appear on the Leaderboard (Note: Marathon Lady can be a late nominee for $1,500 through April 10 or $30,000 supplementary nomination at the time of entry). Pure Fun, the odds-on favorite for trainer Ken McPeek was third. She earned 10 points and jumped her overall total to 20, which ranks No. 9. Broken Spell finished fourth, earned five points and moved up to No. 17 with 11 points overall. The series continues Sunday with the Sunland Park Oaks in New Mexico.