Will Take Charge

Lukas Secures Jockeys for Three Preakness Starters

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas has lined up a trio of top class jockeys to partner his three contenders for the May 18 Preakness Stakes. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, Hall of Famer Gary Stevens will once again ride Oxbow. Stevens guided the son of Awesome Again to a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky […]

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Six Derby Entries Got Off To Lasix-Free Starts

Six of the 19 horses in today’s Kentucky Derby made their first career starts without Lasix, according to a report by The Horse magazine. Orb did not receive the drug, designed to prevent exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, in any of his four starts as a 2-year-old. Java’s War, Frac Daddy, Will Take Charge, and Oxbow all […]

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Mylute, Normandy Invasion, Will Take Charge Strong on Derby Trail

Louisiana Derby (GII) runner-up Mylute (No. 16) recorded his third work at Churchill Downs since arriving in Louisville on April 2 and breezed four furlongs Sunday in :47.80 for trainer Tom Amoss. Working on the fast main track at 6 a.m. under jockey Rosie Napravnik, Mylute recorded fractions of :12.20, :24.20 and :36.20 and galloped […]

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Lukas’s Derby Dreamers Turn in ‘Textbook’ Works

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has both Oxbow and Will Take Charge on target for the May 4 Kentucky Derby (G1), sent his star pupils out for workouts Friday morning. Rebel Stakes (G2) runner-up Oxbow worked six furlongs in 1:14 3/5 over a muddy track, while his Rebel Stakes winning stablemate went […]

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Lukas, Stevens Team Up Again For Oxbow’s Arkansas Derby

Gary Stevens will get the mount on D. Wayne Lukas trainee Oxbow for the April 13 Arkansas Derby, the trainer revealed on Tuesday. Mike Smith was aboard for Oxbow’s runner-up effort in the Grade 2 Rebel because Stevens had a previous commitment in California for that day, according to Lukas. Stevens and Lukas have teamed […]

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Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams: Will Take Charge

Owner Willis D. Horton has been around this game long enough to know it’s risky to get your hopes too high for the Kentucky Derby. Horton has owned quite a few nice horses over the years but not one of them has made it into the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. “It’s […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: March Madness

The NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is upon us, and many people across the country have a strong case of ‘March Madness’. Like basketball, horse racing, too, has a version of March Madness – the time of year when 3-year-old colts are trying to earn enough points to qualify for their own championship game – […]

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Lukas Horses Doing Well, Ready For Next Challenge After Rebel

Stablemates Will Take Charge and Oxbow, the top two finishers in Saturday’s Rebel Stakes (G2), were doing well Sunday morning and trainer D. Wayne Lukas was already plotting their next course, although he was in no hurry to make a firm decision. With his wins in both the Smarty Jones and Rebel, Willis D. Horton’s […]

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Lukas’ Triple Crown hopes rising after Smarty Jones, Lecomte wins

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas is back in a serious hunt for his 14th Triple Crown victory after Will Take Charge gave the trainer his second prep race victory of the weekend in Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn. On Saturday, he had won the Lecomte Stakes with Oxbow at the Fair Grounds. […]

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