Off the bench, Lukas’s Will Take Charge wins the Travers

The Travers was shaping up to be the race of the summer when the winners of the three Triple Crown Races—Orb, Oxbow , and Palace Malice—all pointed to it. Without a clear divisional leader, one of those three might have sealed up the three-year-old championship with a win.

Oxbow didn’t make it to the race; sidelined by injury after the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park last month, he headed home to Calumet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, instead, leaving his trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a former basketball coach, to rely on his bench, in the form of a horse named Will Take Charge, eighth in the Kentucky Derby, seventh in the Preakness, tenth in the Belmont.

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