Monday, December 21, 2020

Top-five Third-Crop sire Will Take Charge’s 2-year-olds turned in winning performances on several fronts over the past weekend, with victories in Japan, as well as at Fair Grounds and Tampa Bay Downs in the U. S.

Will Take Charge’s 2020 numbers include 82 individual winners of 120 races, with progeny earnings of just under $4 million, all top-five numbers on the Third-Crop list.

France Go de Ina won his second straight start in an 1,800 meter allowance race at Hanshin Racecourse in Japan on Dec. 19. Now a winner in two of his three starts, France Go de Ina was bred in Kentucky by Betz, Kidder, B & K Canetti and Jim Betz and sold to Hideyuki Mori for $100,000 at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling sale.

On Feb. 20 at Fair Grounds, Will’s Secret won a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight race by 2 3/4-lengths, drawing off in the final furlong for the decisive win (VIDEO). The Willis Horton Racing homebred is the first foal out of Girls Secret and is from the family of graded winners Economic Model and second dam Well Monied. Girls Secret has a yearling full brother to the winner.

Also on Saturday the filly Charge It All got her second straight win in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance contest at Tampa Bay Downs. The chestnut juvenile was bred by Three Chimneys Farm, who co-owns her with Blazing Meadows Farm.

The weekend’s action also included Kim K placing in the She’s All In S. at Remington Park. A stakes winner at two, the 4-year-old has earned $205,765 for Rockingham Ranch. Kim K was bred by Lynn Schiff and is out of eight-time stakes winner Trip for A. J.

Will Take Charge will enter the 2021 season with a stud fee of $5,000 S&N after breeding an average of 105 mares in his first six seasons.