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Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Champion Three-Year-Old Male Will Take Charge came out of his third-place finish well in the Whitney and is now being pointed toward the Grade 1, $600,000 Woodward at 1 1/8 miles on August 30 at the Spa.


"He came out of the race well," Lukas said. "We've got to get a better trip and a different scenario, but the horse is doing super."


Lukas had bemoaned drawing the inside post for the Whitney and then Will Take Charge wound up traveling wide into the first turn, three wide on the far turn and five wide in the stretch.


"That didn't help us, and then he caught a lot of dirt," said Lukas. "He's got that big, white strip on his face, and you couldn't even tell what color he was when he pulled up. He took a lot of flack. But that's horse racing, and we have no control over some of it. The fact that we had to make it to the outside while the other two horses got the inside and got the first run made a big difference. But they won the race and we were third, so we'll see what happens next."


Lukas will unveil the intriguing 2-year-old filly Lady Zuzu in the 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight carded as the fourth race Friday. The Three Chimneys-owned daughter of Dynaformer out of the A. P. Indy mare Indy Pick is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Optimizer and cost $1,225,000 as the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sales topper.


"That won't help her when the gate opens," Lukas said. "She's got to prove it. She cost a lot, but we might have got a lot for our money, too. We'll see. I don't know if she's [going to do well at] 5 ½ furlongs, but we've got to start her somewhere."


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