Darley Japan Acquires Champion Will Take Charge

Darley Japan Co., Ltd. will stand Will Take Charge, an Eclipse Award-winning son of Unbridled’s Song, for the 2023 season.

Will Take Charge won the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, a traditional race known as the “Midsummer Derby” at the age of three, among his many notable victories. In the Breeders’ Cup Classic, despite being disadvantaged, he finished second. However, he won the next race, G1 Clark Handicap against older competition, and clinched the Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old male.

In 2015, Will Take Charge entered stud at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., and his debut crop included Grade 2 winner Manny Wah, who finished fourth in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint, a close margin behind the winner. This year, There Goes Harvard won the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup. 

Will Take Charge has also had success with a handful of runners in Japan. Four of the five runners on the Japan Racing Association circuit have become winners, and all of those have achieved two or more wins, demonstrating their high aptitude.

The horse’s sire, Unbridled Song, was a great success as a stallion, sending out more than 20 Grade or Group 1 winners, led by Arrogate, who won four Grade/Group 1 races including the Dubai World Cup and Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Will Take Charge is out of Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady, a famous mare who won three Grade 1 races, including consecutive wins in the Spinster S. Her other foals of note include Grade 1 winners Take Charge Indy and As Time Goes By, and the extended family features Grade 1 winner Omaha Beach and champion Take Charge Brandi.

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