Will Take Charge heads Alysheba
Updated: April 30, 2014, 12:07 AM ETBy Evan Hammonds | Bloodhorse
Will Take Charge, last year's champion 3-year-old male, headlines a cast of very familiar names for Churchill Downs' Alysheba Stakes May 2 at 1 1/16 miles. Normally run during the middle of the Oaks undercard, the name recognition is so alluring the race will be just before the Longines Kentucky Oaks with a 4:52 p.m. post. The purse may be $300,000, but a better field would be tough to put together at twice the price. Will Take Charge will be facing three other runners from last year's Kentucky Derby: runner-up Golden Soul, fourth-place finisher Normandy Invasion, and fifth-place finisher Mylute. The 2012 Travers Stakes winner Golden Ticket also is in the line-up. The lure of the Alysheba is a relative lull in the handicap division and the race serves as an ideal prep for the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap to be run under the Twin Spires June 14. "The Foster is the main the one," said Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who conditions Will Take Charge for Willis Horton and Three Chimneys Farm. "It's a 'Win and You're In' and there are so many benefits to it. I don't know what the entry fee is in the Classic, but it's big; it's huge."
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