Three Chimneys Farm buys half-stake in champion horse Will Take Charge

jpatton1@herald-leader.comDecember 30, 2013 


Will Take Charge worked the week of the Kentucky Derby, in which he finished eighth. After a lackluster Triple Crown campaign, the colt won three major stakes races and finished second by a nose in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

JONATHAN PALMER — Herald-Leader Buy Photo

Three Chimneys Farm outside Lexington has acquired a 50 percent interest in Will Take Charge, a favorite for the Eclipse Award as 3-year-old male champion and a horse of the year candidate, the farm announced Sunday.

A price was not disclosed.

Racehorse owner Willis Horton will retain the other half-stake, so the horse will stay in training with D. Wayne Lukas for 2014 before he retires to stud duty at Three Chimneys.

Three Chimneys is co-owned by the Borges Torrealba and Clay families.

"Will Take Charge is the kind of horse we all dream of having in the stallion barn, because he's the complete package in every way," said Case Clay, president of Three Chimneys. "Being a part of a horse of this magnitude is a step in an exciting new direction for Three Chimneys, and we're thrilled to be able to race him with Mr. Horton in 2014."

In his 3-year-old season, Will Take Charge won the Travers, the Clark Handicap, the Rebel Stakes, the Pennsylvania Derby and the Smarty Jones Stakes while bankrolling nearly $3,000,000 in earnings. He also narrowly missed winning the $5,000,000 Breeders' Cup Classic-G1, just a nose behind winner Mucho Macho Man.

Will Take Charge is a son of leading sire of sires Unbridled's Song. He's out of multiple Grade One winner and multiple Grade One producer Take Charge Lady, a frontrunner for 2013 broodmare of the year.

"I can't think of a better result," Horton said in the news release. "This deal allows me to enjoy racing Will Take Charge another year and secures a wonderful home for him when he's retired. Will Take Charge is the horse of a lifetime, and 2014 will hopefully be exciting for me, for Three Chimneys and for the fans."

Janet Patton: (859) 231-3264. Twitter: @janetpattonhl

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