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'Will Take Charge' takes the Travers Stakes
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- At 9/1 odds, "Will Take Charge" has won the 2013 Travers Stakes.
The 3-year-old beat out 8 other horses running in the one-and-a-quarter-mile "Mid-Summer Derby."
Will Take charge beat out Kentucky Derby winner "Orb," Belmont Stakes champion "Palace Malice," and Travers favorite "Verrazano" who blitzed the field at the Haskell Invitational last month.
Luis Saez, winning jockey aboard Will Take Charge spoke after the race: "I want to say thanks to God, Lukas (trainer) and everyone who's coming here to see these champions. This horse was training good. Last time, when he finished second, I saw the replays and I knew how to ride him. I tried to ride him like he runs."
Wayne Lukas, winning trainer of Will Take Charge: "I changed up a [few] things. I took a chance on an up-and-coming rider. I thought my horse trained well, but these things are so tough. At the three-eighths pole, I thought we'll get a piece of it, but I didn't know if we'd get up. He's a little over 17 hands and just starting to find himself. This is a horse who's going to get better. He's getting his act together...It feels pretty good. They were reminding me it's been a long time between drinks, but when they come like this, they come double."