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 We all know we've got amazing three year olds this year.  That includes Palace Malice, Will Take Charge, and Goldencents, etc.  The question is who will win the Champion 3 year old award.  Between Will Take Charge, Goldencents, and Verrazano, its too close to call.  Lets talk about these three outstanding three year olds.  Will Take Charge began the season with a win in the Smarty Jones Stakes.  After a sixth place finish in the Southwest Stakes he came back to win the Rebel Stakes just edging eventual Preakness Stakes winner, Oxbow.  Although he failed to succeed in the Triple Crown.  Will Take Charge finished 8th in the Kentucky Derby, 7th in the Preakness Stakes, and 10th in the Belmont Stakes.  He was then entered in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga but finished a close second to Belmont Stakes winner, Palace Malice. Except in that race, he ran without blinkers.  Next month Will Take Charge won the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, just beating Moreno in the final yards by a nose.  It was discovered that Will Take Charge did not enjoy racing with blinkers on, which effected his performances during the Triple Crown.  Instead of running in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, trainer D. Wayne Lukas had Will Take Charge run in the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing.  He ran against Moreno once again, and beat him by multiple lengths.  Will Take Charge recently finished second by a nose in North America's richest horse race, the $5,000,000 dollar Breeders Cup Classic.  Will Take Charge broke well from the gate and he was relaxed all the way around the track.  Coming down the homestretch he ran his heart out to catch Mucho Macho Man, but just lost to him by a nose, with Declaration of War third.  Now lets talk about the mighty Verrazano.  He broke his maiden early in the year, then he went on to win the Tampa Bay Derby and the Wood Memorial, beating fast closing Normandy Invasion by 3/4 lengths.  He finished 14th in a sloppy Kentucky Derby at a mile and a quarter(10 furlongs).  A month later he went on to win the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park.  After a major win in the Haskell Invitational, Verrazano finished seventh out of a nine horse field in the Travers Stakes at Saartoga.  It was discovered that he strained something in his hind leg.  Although Verrazano struggles with longer distances.  The Breeders Cup Dirt Mile was his first race in 69 days. He finished fourth and was retired.  We sadly only got to see him race for a year, and we can't judge how good he really would've been.  Now lets look at the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile champion, Goldencents. He started the season with a great win in the Sham Stakes.  He then finished 4th in the San Felipe Stakes but bounced back to win the Santa Anita Derby, earning a spot in the Kentucky Derby.  Goldencents finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby, and then finished 5th in the Preakness. He shouldn't of raced in the Triple Crown because the races were beyond his comfort zone in distance.  He finished second three times this summer, in the Bing Crosby Stakes, the Pat Obrien Handicap, and the Santa Anita Championship.  Goldencents broke that losing streak with an outstanding win in the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Racetrack.  With these three champions, it'll be pretty tough to decide who will be named the Champion 3 year old. 

 

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