SMARTY JONES S., $150,000, OPX, 1-21, 3yo, 1m, 1:38 3/5, ft.
1--#WILL TAKE CHARGE, 115, c, 3, by Unbridled’s Song
1st Dam: Take Charge Lady (MGISW, $2,480,377), by Dehere
2nd Dam: Felicita, by Rubiano
3rd Dam: Grand Bonheur, by Blushing Groom (Fr)
($425,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Willis D Horton; B-Eaton (KY); T-D Wayne Lukas; J-Jon Kenton Court. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 5-2-1-0, $184,171. *1/2 to Take Charge Indy (A.P. Indy), GISW, $821,824.
2--Texas Bling, 119, c, 3, Too Much Bling-- Anythingmore, by Country Pine. O/B-Hall's Family Trust (TX); T-Danele Durham. $30,000.
3--Always in a Tiz, 115, c, 3, Tiznow--Calendar Girl, by Elusive Quality. ($175,000 yrl '11 FTSAUG). O-MeB Racing Stables LLC & Brooklyn Boyz Stables; B-Cobra Farm (KY); T-Dominick A Schettino. $15,000.
Margins: NK, HD, 4 3/4. Odds: 12.10, 18.60, 1.80.
Also Ran: Stormy Holiday, Brown Almighty, Officer Alex, Avare, Best of Birdstone, King Henny.
Will Take Charge, a maiden winner at Keeneland in his second start, was a thoroughly beaten 13th in the Nov. 24 GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. before a runner-up effort in the Dec. 9 Springboard Mile S. at Remington Park last time out. The strapping chestnut broke from the outside and was caught six wide into the first turn. He settled off the pace while still racing wide and shadowed Texas Bling as that foe moved to the lead on the far turn. Those two battled down the lane with Will Take Charge just eking out a determined victory, while Always in a Tiz closed to finish third in a blanket finish. Will Take Charge’s victory gave trainer D. Wayne Lukas his second sophomore stakes victory of the holiday weekend, following Oxbow (Awesome Again)’s runaway triumph in the GIII LeComte S. at Fair Grounds Saturday. Click for the brisnet.com chart or video replay.
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