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Breeders' Cup 2017

Stevens Pilots Will Take Charge in Alysheba

Will Take Charge wins 2014 Oaklawn Handicap
Photo: Coady Photography
Willis Horton’s Will Take Charge, winner of the Clark Handicap (Grade I) here last fall and the Oaklawn Handicap (GII) in his most recent start, heads a field of nine for Friday’s  11th running of the $300,000-added Alysheba Presented by Besilu Stables (GII) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Will Take Charge, who finished eighth in last year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), will be facing three rivals in the Alysheba that finished ahead of him in Derby 139 in runner-up Golden Soul, fourth-place finisher Normandy Invasion and fifth-place finisher Mylute.
The Alysheba, named for the 1987 Kentucky Derby winner, and the 29th running of the $300,000-added La Troienne (GI) highlight the undercard on the 12-race Longines Kentucky Oaks program that features six stakes. The La Troienne will feature a field of six fillies and mares in the 1 1/16 miles test.
Other stakes on the 12-race program that begins at 10:30 a.m. (all times Eastern) card are the  59th running of the $175,000-added Eight Belles (GIII) at seven furlongs on the main track; the 20th running of the $150,000-added Twin Spires Turf Sprint (GIII) for 4-year-olds and up going five furlongs on the Matt Winn Turf Course, and the 29th running of the $150,000-added Edgewood Presented by Forcht Bank at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Will Take Charge failed to make a dent on the Triple Crown trail in 2013. However, he has posted four victories and four runner-up finishes in his past eight starts that include victories in the Travers (GI), Clark Handicap (GI) and the Oaklawn Handicap (GII) in his most recent start.
Gary Stevens has the mount Friday and will break from post position two.

The other runners from Kentucky Derby 139 will be making their first starts at Churchill Downs since last year’s Run for the Roses.
Charles Fipke’s Golden Soul, trained by Dallas Stewart, will break from post position six under Robby Albarado.
Fox Hill Farms’ Normandy Invasion comes into the Alysheba off a runner-up effort in the New Orleans Handicap (GII). Trained by Chad Brown, Normandy Invasion will break from post position five and be ridden by Javier Castellano.
Gold Mark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm’s Mylute, who finished third in the Preakness (GI), is trained by Tom Amoss and will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik. Mylute, who won his 2014 debut, will break from post position three.
The field for the Alysheba that goes as the 10th race with a 4:52 p.m. post time, from the rail out, is as follows: Moonshine Mullin (Calvin Borel, 118 pounds), Will Take Charge (Stevens, 123), Mylute (Napravnik, 118), Coin Broker (Corey Lanerie, 118), Normandy Invasion (Castellano, 118), Golden Soul (Albarado, 118), Golden Ticket (Joel Rosario, 118), Appealing Tale (Victor Espinoza, 118) and Bradester (Jose Lezcano, 120).


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tcglory, Big Will actually looked to be pretty tired in his Arkansas race. I love this colt and really would like to see him get a break. Horses, just like humans, sometimes need a vacation from work.
tcglory, it's been a long time coming. He's lucky he got this far. He needs to put Will on the bench for a little while, he and Willis Horton will be happier if they do instead of burning him out.
well wtc is on contract to retire after this year. And its funny he throws one bad race in his last 8 starts and were talking about running him into the ground lmao I love hearing you guys bag lukas gives me the chuckles
Yeah, he could be lower. But, I'm talking about at their best ... I have always said since Palace Malice was a baby .... he is the best, IMO. Lukas might run this one into the ground like he has numerous times (Lady's Secret! and more). I hope not, but I see it coming. JMO. I gotta go. I'll check for responses tomorrow. Good night all.
I think Fury is better than Normandy Invasion and Mylute.
Rafi, If Lukas doesn't give WTC a break no way would I put him 2nd behind Pal Mal.
In essence, Malice destroyed Invasion by five. I'm still co-leaders with Goblin on this bandwagon, LOL. Palace Malice ran blistering fast last out. IMO, the top four 4 y/o's are (in order) Palace Malice, Will Take Charge, Normandy Inasion and Myute. All respect to all, but I think Malice is the best. I'd like to see him prove the doubters wrong more this year than he did last year. Not a fan of Malice going 8f, but he is still incredibly classy.
Normandy Invasion would have romped these fotha' mockers :). No doubt, Vodkak. As posted earlier by me, Normandy Invasion was my pick BEFORE he scratched .... I would have nailed this race .... and based on how much I was planning on betting ..... I would have made something like $1000 ... lol. Too bad he scratched ... was he hurt, or pointing to another race?
WTC better than PM? lol
Normandy Invasion would have run away with this race
WTC better than PM? lol
Glad to see a great jockey like him on a great horse like Will.
Jay Gary is a smart Dude.When he is on someone else,buisines is buisiness. He will try to beat you any way possible. There is no way he is passing up this meal ticket. This horse is exactly why he came back. At his best,there is not even a remote opening in conversation for the best Dirt Horse on the Planet. Gary knows that and he finally has his butt in that saddle. No way he is ever getting off of this Merry Go Round
I am a little surprised Gary is getting the mount after his claim of foul against Will in the Oaklawn Handicap. :) I have long thought that Gary would be a good fit on Will and thought it would happen after Oxbow was retired. On a side note...I don't know what to think with so many on here finally picking Sir William to win. It's givin' me a bit of an uncomfortable, jinxy-kind of feeling.
As far as Stevens and MMM are concerned. Unless WTC stubs his toes badly along the way. Should the 2 ever meet again,MMM will most likely be ridden by Johnny V. or Javier. Stevens is not jumping off of WTC.
Has to win something?. The horse is 3 for 4 with Gary up. He already won the Sunshine this year, and has a WHOPPING two starts. Funny how MMM was no where last year and yet went off as 2nd choice in the Classic. Who says MM won't have a good summer or fall?. You think stevens is the right rider for WTC? A horse that needs to be agressively ridden, and Gary has really been riding with more finesse. He better get after Will at the 1/8th pole and ride him out through the wire.
I hope tonight he gets elected President for a Day of "The He-Man Woman Haters Club." :)
Then I hope he shows his chivalry tomorrow. :)
Will is a kind gentleman, and may let her win. :)
The way Will Take Charge is running, MMM will have to actually win something for Stevens to jump off. Besides the BCC efforts, he is not on par with Will Take Charge, and without Gary MMM would not have won. I hope WTC can stand being beaten by a girl!

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