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.
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."
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.
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.
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."