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.