09/23/2013 12:03PM

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Will Take Charge punches ticket; big weekend of preps ahead

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Barbara D. Livingston
Will Take Charge, winner of the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby, will make his next start in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Will Take Charge continued his late-season resurgence Saturday with his victory in the Pennsylvania Derby, his second straight graded stakes win, his third straight sharp performance since a forgettable Triple Crown series, and his final prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

The Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby afforded its 3-year-olds an opportunity to have a final Breeders’ Cup against members of their own age group. The stakes, and intrigue, will be raised exponentially this Saturday, when the likes of Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner, and Palace Malice, the Belmont Stakes winner, show where the 3-year-olds match up against their elders, in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Flat Out – a two-time winner of the Gold Cup – Cross Traffic and Alpha are the leading older horses scheduled to run in the Gold Cup.

Also on Saturday, but at Santa Anita, the Awesome Again – formerly the Goodwood – will serve as a Classic tune-up for horses like Mucho Macho Man and Paynter, while at Churchill Downs that night, defending BC Classic winner Fort Larned is set to go in the inaugural Homecoming Classic.

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The ante-post favorite for the Classic, Game On Dude, is bypassing the Awesome Again, as trainer Bob Baffert believes he does best at this point in his career with time between races, exemplified by his most-recent victory, a runaway in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

One older horse now out of the picture for the Classic, perhaps even done for the year, is Successful Dan, whose two races at Saratoga this summer “took a lot out of him,” trainer Charlie LoPresti said Monday morning from Kentucky. Successful Dan was second in the Whitney on Aug. 3, then third in the Woodward on Aug. 31.

“I was kind of looking at a race at Keeneland,” LoPresti said, referring to the Fayette on Oct. 26, “but I may just go and give him the rest of the winter off. I’m not real happy with how he’s doing. He’s just a little tired, and I’ve lost some time with him. I’m certainly not going to California with him. You’ve got to be 100 percent, in tip-top shape, for that, and he’s not, not like Wise Dan.”

Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Palace Malice is the real deal and come Sat he'll prove that, disregard his Travers, he lost all chance at the start. $$$$$$
Steven Simonovic More than 1 year ago
Flat Out in a romp
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
I have to look again at Cross traffic can;t wait for the form to come out. Game on Dude and Take Charge look the best this time of year. When was the last time a Triple Crown winner won the breeder's cup IN THE SAME YEAR? Did Curlin win the breeder's cup in his 3 year old campaign?
tom More than 1 year ago
Yes Curlin did win as a 3yr old. I think it was in the slop at Monmouth. Hi4r year old season, he was beaten by Raven's Pass
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
did you mean a triple crown race? the last triple crown winner was in 1978 and the breeders cup didn't start until the 80's.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Of course that's what he meant. Are you completely out of stuff to do?
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Thanks bigjeff. I don't get why people do that.
mikey More than 1 year ago
The only problem with MMM is the trainer.Give him even a second rate trainer and he moves way up.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Youre not aloud to say that mimetic and you know why. -1 for you
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
I meant mikey my speller is cuckoo some time I don't even know what that means let me look it up. Sorry dude.well you do kind of have the same post every time but you cant imitate or mimic yourself so know. Crape I bet horses not English. You stay cool
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
You are wrong about the trainer of MMM. She's not only a classic lady, but also a very capable trainer, I can't say that about her husband thought.
mikey More than 1 year ago
The husband is nothing but a puppet.
WILL More than 1 year ago
WOMAN HATER!
mikey More than 1 year ago
You are wrong i feel the same about the husband.She is soooo bad that the only reason she has horses is because of the puppet she lives with.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
So many excuses, For MMM
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Boo Mikey, K.R. is a top notch trainer and has done an excellent job with head case M.M.M.
Rachel Satterfield - Masen More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the races this weekend. I think that the JCGC is setting up on paper perfect for Palace Malice. I'm going to say he takes it, with Cross Traffic 2nd and Orb 3rd. Alpha was a fluke last out. Flat Out can't really win a 3rd JCGC can he? Awesome Again will be won by MMM (assuming no rain). I'd like Paynter to win, but I am not sure he's 100% And depending on if A-game Royal Delta shows up or not...it's either her race or PoS. I'll throw the Zenyatta to Joyful Victory or Beholder.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Ill take beholder
Perl More than 1 year ago
At this rate Palace Malice is going to be 8-5 when the gates open :(
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
Why Rachel? Remember this time of year the horse who have been pointed for the breeder's cup are the ones to watch for. I have to look at the races but I know Palace Malice was pointed for the spring races, also how many derby,Preakness,belmont winners win the breeder's cup in the SAME year. Look at others such as cross traffic lightly races perhaps he's been pointed to PEAK in the fall Flat Out cannot win against the biggest boys but seems to always win at Belmont so maybe
Ricky Williams More than 1 year ago
Hope MMM and Painter do well this weekend.
Bryan Horn More than 1 year ago
Jockey Club Gold Cup looking like a great race. PM all day.
jay More than 1 year ago
Time to retire Successful Dan.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Why awesome gem still rolling.lol they are geldings they have to run forever jay didn't you know that. Don't feel sorry for a gelding let them get there 60 races in because it is not animal cruelty in the least. Smh.
Perl More than 1 year ago
They have no reason to stop running him if he has anything left to offer. But they won't let him go too far down the class rung. His connections seem to be pretty classy and he probably will get retired. Awesome Gem not really a good comparison because he was basically hickory while they have been holding Successful Dan together for years with paper mache.