HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Will Take Charge ground out a victory in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes on Saturday, nudging aside Oxbow for the victory by a head in the Grade 2 race.
The first and second finishers, both trained by D. Wayne Lukas, outpaced Bob Baffert-trained Den's Legacy for third.
Baffert won the past three Rebels but favored Super Ninety Nine, who started on the outside post in the 10-horse race, was out of the money.
Will Take Charge, a son of Unbridled's Song and Take Charge Lady, is owned by Willis D. Horton.
With Jon Court aboard, Will Take Charge carried a race-high 122 pounds and finished the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:45.0.
The race is a prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby and offered 85 points in the race for the Kentucky Derby.