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Jan 21 2013 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 1 M 1 REPLAY


D. Wayne Lukas


Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas is a four-time Kentucky Derby winner, and 43rd Derby starter in 2009.  A four-time Eclipse Award winner (1985-87 and 1994), Lukas is the all-time leading money winner and the first to reach the $200 million plateau. Lukas has trained a record of 24 Thoroughbred champions and three Eclipse Awards Horse of the Year winners. He's tied with Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons for the most Triple Crown race victories, 13. Beginning in 1994 Lukas won a record six consecutive Triple Crown races. 

Jon Court


Court grew up in Ponce Inlet, Florida and began his riding career in 1980 in Colorado at Centennial Park. Court has notched over 3,000 career victories and has won riding titles at Oaklawn Park, Hoosier Park, and Ellis Park. Court has won several major stakes races including the Citation Handicap (G1) and the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap aboard Leroidesanimaux. In 2011, we won the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby on Archarcharch and he scored international success with his win in the 2003 Japan Dirt Cup aboard Fleetsreet Dancer.

Willis D. Horton


Willis Horton hails from Arkansas and was partner in his family's Horton Stables. The family owned D R Horton Custom Homes, the largest builder of single family dwellings and sold that in 1992. He grew up going to the races at Oaklawn and always wanted to own race horses. He along with members of his family began investing in horses and have had success at the highest level. He was partner in 2006 G-1 Kentucky Oaks winner Lemons Forever. Other top horses include Partner's Hero and Laurie's Rocket.


Unbridled's Song--Take Charge Lady, by Dehere

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Will Take Charge, a half-brother to last year's Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy, is the second straight Kentucky Derby contender produced by the high-class racemare Take Charge Lady.

An earner of more than $2.4 million, Take Charge Lady won or placed in a total of 16 stakes over her career. She captured such major events as the Ashland and back-to-back runnings of the Spinster, and her stakes placings include the 2002 Kentucky Oaks and the 2003 Delaware Handicap (her only try at 1 1/4 miles).

Her son Take Charge Indy received an abundance of stamina from his sire, A.P. Indy. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to show it when sustaining an injury and finishing 19th in the 2012 Kentucky Derby.

Will Take Charge is by a sire with a different profile, Unbridled's Song. The winner of the 1996 Florida Derby and Wood Memorial, he was the beaten favorite (fifth) in that year's Kentucky Derby in his only 1 1/4-mile attempt.

Unbridled's Song was bred to handle the classic distance, however, as a son of 1990 Derby-winning champion Unbridled. At stud, he has sired Eight Belles, the ill-fated second in the 2008 Derby; Dunkirk, runner-up in the 2009 Belmont Stakes; and such notable 1 1/4-mile winners as Octave and Political Force. Other leading progeny include champion juvenile colt Midshipman, Canadian champion mare Embur's Song and Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic heroines Unbridled Elaine (2001) and Unrivaled Belle (2010).

Take Charge Lady is by Dehere, the champion two-year-old colt of 1993, who is responsible for a number of superb runners at a variety of distances in Australia. His daughters have produced the likes of Friesan Fire, unplaced as the favorite in the 2009 Derby, and champion sprinter Midnight Lute, now the hot young sire of Govenor Charlie, Mylute and Midnight Lucky.

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