Will Take Charge, the recently crowned 3-year-old champion male for 2013, will make his 4-year-old debut in Saturday’s $500,000 GI Donn Handicap, at 1 1/8 mile over the Gulfstream Park main.
*Note – this race has been moved to the Sunday, Feb 9th Gulfstream Park Card!
Winner of 2013’s GI Travers Stakes, GI Clark Handicap, GII Pennsylvania Derby and just a step or 2 away from winning the B/C Classic last Nov will have to lug 123 lbs into this South Florida GI Classic, conceding a minimum of at least four pounds to all his potential Saturday rivals in this first of the season GI, handicap division showdown.
Todd Pletcher’s Revolutionary, will carry 119 lbs to the starting gates here on Saturday as he is the winner of the 2013 GII Louisiana Derby and GIII Withers Stakes last season. He made a successful return to racing after an extended layoff on Jan. 11th here going a Gulfstream 1- turn mile in a high-priced alw win last out!
Lea, the mild upset winner of the Jan.11th, GIII Hal’s Hope Stakes getting his first win for Hall of Fame trainer, Bill Mott and will likely carry 117 lbs.
Canadian interloper, River Seven, who set a Gulfstream track record at 1 1/16 mile of 1:41.73 in winning the Harlan’s Holiday Stakes here on Dec. 22nd by 4 easy lengths last out and would be assigned 116 pounds here this Saturday.
Also, coming in at the 116-pound mark are Neck ‘n Neck, 3rd, in that same GIII Hal’s Hope last out and Romansh, who we last saw winning the GIII Discovery Handicap on Cigar Mile day up at Aqueduct last November winning one for team Albertrani.
Look for other top star’s of the Handicap division to come out and play here on Saturday for this first GI handicap division event of the new season!