Oaklawn 3-Year-Olds Look to Make Mark at Saratoga

Aug. 22, 2013

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2013 Rebel Stakes winner Will Take Charge and 2013 Arkansas Derby Winner Overanalyze will both be looking to join the top echelon of the 3-year-old division with starts in Saturday’s $1 million Travers Stakes and $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes, respectively. The Travers is the featured 12th of 14 races with a post time of 4:46 p.m. Oaklawn will have the complete simulcast from Saratoga beginning at 10:35 a.m. The King’s Bishop is the 11th race at 4:10 p.m.

Will Take Charge, owned by Willis Horton of Marshall, AR and trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, is one of three horses in the Travers that competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown, but unfortunately he did not have the success of Kentucky Derby winner Orb or Belmont Stakes winner Palice Malice. He did redeem himself after three straight off-the-board finishes with a second in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga July 27 and could leap to the front of the class with a win in the Travers, which drew a field of nine. The Unbridled’s Song colt will be ridden by Luis Saez for the first time Saturday.

Like Will Take Charge, Overanalyze will be looking to make amends for a poor Triple Crown showing in the seven-furlong King’s Bishop after finishing 11th in the Derby and 7th in the Belmont. He most recently finished third to Departing in the West Virginia Derby also on July 27. The King’s Bishop will be Overanalyze’s first race under a mile since he won the six-furlong Futurity Stakes at Belmont last September. He did break his maiden at first asking last year at Saratoga and was fourth in that track’s Hopeful Stakes. He also has the advantage of getting Saratoga’s leading rider Javier Castellano.

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