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For the fourth time in as many races, Will Take Charge will have a new rider when he goes to the gate for Saturday's Grade 1 Travers.
of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas named Luis Saez to ride the 3-year-old
chestnut son of Unbridled's Song, the 21-year-old jockey's "Mid-Summer
Jon Court was aboard when Will Take Charge was stopped in traffic then
re-gathered himself to finish eighth in the Kentucky Derby. He was 10th
with Hall of Famer Mike Smith in the Preakness and a closing second,
beaten a length by Palace Malice, with Junior Alvarado in the Spa's
Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 27.
not anything; I just think sometimes the karma is wrong," Lukas said.
"I've had good luck with certain riders. I remember one time with
[Eddie] Delahoussaye out in California. World class rider, Hall of
Famer. He and I are close friends, yet I could put him on Secretariat
and I guarantee you we couldn't win. We'd go to dinner and talk about
it. I'd say, 'Eddie, this week I've got a filly, 3-2, she can't lose.
I'll put you on and we're going to break the jinx.' She'd run fourth.
the karma for me just isn't there. I didn't feel real comfortable with
where I was at with Junior, so I made the change."
has one stakes victory at the meet, taking the $100,000 De La Rose with
Assateague. He ranked eighth at Belmont Park's spring-summer meet with
39 wins, including the Grade 2 Peter Pan and Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay.
going to coach him a little bit. I'll tell him what I can about the
horse," Lukas said. "I think [we need] a realistic pace and just a
chance to run on at the end, that's all. We don't need a lot of luck. I
think he'll be in a position where we can probably make a run. If we're
good enough, it'll happen. If it isn't, we'll look someplace else."