BreederAl Shaquab Racing
Acing his 4-year-old debut, Warrior’s Charge set the pace in February’s Razorback Handicap (G3) and held off a late challenge from Bankit to produce perhaps the most populated winner’s circle photo of the Oaklawn Park meet. Co-owned by Madaket Stables and Ten Strike Racing, a partnership offering fractional ownership that is based at Oaklawn, the winning colors represented approximately 35 people.
Trainer Brad Cox said Warrior’s Charge obviously likes the Hot Springs, Ark., oval, where, in 2019, the dark bay earned his first win by six lengths in a maiden special weight and then moved up in class to an allowance race where he continued to dominate in his front-running fashion. This pair of victories—along with Kentucky Derby (G1) leaders Maximum Security and Country House opting out of the Preakness Stakes (G1)—led the owners to supplement the $150,000 required to nominate him.
In the Preakness, Warrior’s Charge again took the lead and held it until the home stretch, finishing in what Clay Sanders, Ten Strike Racing co-founder, described as a “better-than-it looked fourth,” beaten by 2 ½ lengths. Warrior’s Charge earned back $99,000 of his entry fee.
After the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, a bout of colic kept Warrior’s Charge from racing until the end of 2019, where he won his comeback race at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans as a springboard to the Razorback. More recently, Warrior’s Charge finished second in the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) May 2 and fourth in the Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap (G1) July 4.
In ten career starts, Warrior’s Charge, a Florida-bred son of Munnings, has only failed to finish in the top three twice.
Cox, who grew up a few blocks from Churchill Downs, won two Breeders’ Cup races in 2019: the Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) with Covfefe and the Juvenile Fillies with British Idiom. In 2018, he won the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) with Monomoy Girl.
Ten Strike’s other co-founder is Marshall Gramm, an economics professor at Rhodes College who has qualified for the National Horseplayers Championship six times. Sanders is a risk manager at FTN Financial in Memphis where both he and Gramm live.
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|May 18, 2019||Preakness S.||PIMLICO||1||4|
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