All work for Derby contenders
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- While most of the top 3-year-olds here at Oaklawn Park got in their final, restrained preparation for the Arkansas Derby, Will Take Charge worked a mile Friday morning. The winner of the Rebel Stakes, he's training up to the Kentucky Derby.The big chestnut colt was the first horse on the track when it opened for training. Breaking off at the sixteenth pole, Will Take Charge started quickly, running the opening half-mile in 47.62 seconds, and completed the mile in 1:40.80 on the official stopwatch of clocker Jim Hamilton. For the final half-mile, stablemate Order of Magnitude, a 3-year-old maiden, joined Will Take Charge and forced him to alter course in the lane.
In The Gate Podcast
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith rides highly-regarded War Academy in Saturday's Arkansas Derby. Gary West analyzes Arkansas & Blue Grass Stakes, plus a Barry Abrams commentary.