Against a star-studded field, Will Take Charge came away the winner of the 2013 Travers Stakes at the legendary Saratoga Race Course in New York. In a thrilling photo finish, the victor used a late charge to nip Moreno at the wire.
Orb, Palace Malice, Verrazano and other big-name horses failed to come through again in the spotlight. None of the Triple Crown races featured a more formidable field than the one at Saratoga on Saturday.
Five horses in the field ran in the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
Will Take Charge made good on his enormous potential with the win after failing to capture any of the Triple Crown races. With this win, he may have a chance to make himself a favorite going into the Breeder's Cup in November.
The win was the second significant victory for legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas this year after Oxbow took the Preakness Stakes. Both Oxbow and Will Take Charge's wins were rather unexpected. Per All Horse Racing, Oxbow was a 15-1 underdog at the Preakness, and per the Times Union, Will Take Charge's odds were 10-1 on Saturday.
The best could be yet to come from the late-blooming horse.
Here's a look at the official standings from Saratoga.
When Will Take Charge Had the Race Won
This one obviously wasn't confirmed until race officials took a look at the final photo, but the horse's blazing-fast closing stretch was what snatched victory away from Moreno.
It looked as if Moreno and Orb would battle to the wire, but Will Take Charge proved to be the clutch performer in this race.
Orb Still a Disappointment
Despite tons of attention and high expectations in 2013, Orb fell short of victory yet again. Shug McGaughey's horse had been the favorite in every major race he competed in but hasn't been able to get over the hump.
Because of Orb's talent, attention and lack of achievement, he may be the most disappointing horse in recent memory.
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