Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lukas Horse Wins Travers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lukas Horse Wins Travers

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Will Take Charge waited until the final stride to get a nose past Moreno and pull off a surprise win in the $1 million Travers Stakes Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The thrilling finish gave Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, 77, his third win in racing's Mid-Summer Derby and first since 1995, with the 9-1 Will Take Charge also beating Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, who finished third and fourth, respectively.

Will Take Charge ran in all three Triple Crown races, but never hit the board. This huge 3-year-old colt ran second to Palace Malice in the Jim Dandy, and Lukas said his horse was ready for a big race. Will Take Charge, with Luis Saez aboard for the first time, ran 1 1/ 4 miles in 2:02.68, and paid $21.20, $8.60 and $5.20.

The 144th Travers was set up as a three-horse showdown with Derby winner Orb taking on two of trainer Todd Pletcher's top colts in Haskell Invitational winner and favorite Verrazano and the ever- improving Palace Malice.

What developed instead was an impressive effort by expected pace- setter Moreno, who led the field of nine into the stretch. But Will Take Charge came barreling down the stretch, pulled even with Moreno in the final yards and nudged ahead of the 31-1 long shot at the wire.


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