Will Take Charge
After living in the shadows of his Preakness Stakes-winning stablemate, Oxbow, despite having beaten him in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn in March, Will Take Charge finally enjoyed his own time in the spotlight after winning the $1 million Travers Stakes over Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice. The win may have shocked the fans, who let him go off at odds of 9-1, but it was exactly what his Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas was expecting.
Lukas had been telling everyone since the beginning of the year that Will Take Charge was just as talented, if not more so than Oxbow and all he needed was time for the colt to grow into 17-hand frame. Taller than most of his opponents, Will Take Charge has a long stride that he is just now beginning to figure out.
The Travers was the first Grade 1 victory for Will Take Charge and carries on a strong family legacy. His father was the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner turned successful stallion Unbridled’s Song, who died July 26 at age 20 and his mother is multiple Grade 1 winner Take Charge Lady. His half-brother Take Charge Indy won the Grade 1 Florida Derby last year.