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Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has patiently waited for the opportunity to run Charge Now, a son of two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow and a half-brother to Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, at 1 ¼ miles. On Saturday, the Curlin Stakes runner-up will get his chance in the Grade 1 Travers. Like Super Saver, Charge Now is owned by WinStar Farm.


Charge Now won a pair of 1 1/16-mile races - a maiden special weight in March at Gulfstream Park and an entry-level allowance in May at Belmont Park - before finishing seventh at that distance in a sloppy edition of the Grade 3 Iowa Derby in June at Prairie Meadows. Back on a dry surface for the 1 1/8-mile Curlin on July 26 at Saratoga, he rallied from sixth and was part of a three-way photo finish. V. E. Day prevailed by a head over Charge Now, who finished a nose ahead of Protonico.


"I thought about the Travers six months ago," said Mott. "That's what I had in mind then, and that's what I'm still thinking. I think he has a lot of stamina. He keeps coming. There are some good horses in there and I'm sure there are some that get the distance as well, but I think he ran well enough the other day [in the Curlin]. He's one that just keeps coming. I'd like to give him a try, anyway."


Charge Now completed his major preparations for the Travers by breezing five furlongs on the Oklahoma training track in 1:01.45 on Saturday. It was the quickest of 18 moves at the distance that day.


"He had a good work yesterday, very pleased with it," said Mott. "He looked good today and looked like he came out of it in good order."


Mott also said Besilu Stables' Crown Queen, who won the Grade 2 Knob Creek Lake Placid by a half-length on Saturday, exited the race in good shape and will be pointed toward the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on October 11 at Keeneland. 




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