Thank you trainer @PletcherRacing for taking time to speak with @Gabby_Gaudet_ following today's Kentucky Derby & Ky Oaks Draws!
Get all the details here on all his entrants in both races!
Derby: Charge It, Mo Donegal, Pioneer of Medina
Oaks: Goddess of Fire, Nest, Shahama pic.twitter.com/eand1Gczii
— TVG (@TVG) May 2, 2022
Whisper Hill Farm homebred Charge It drew post 8 for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The Todd Pletcher pupil earned his berth into the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on May 7 by coming home second in the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on April 2.
“Super pleased with the effort. To get a real education in a race like that was very encouraging. He got a little green down the lane.” Pletcher stated. “But I thought it was a huge effort, considering everything. Overcame some adversity, took some dirt, and did a lot of things right. Just didn’t quite polish it off.”
Todd Pletcher sent Charge It (inside) and Pioneer of Medina (outside) 4 furlongs inn 47.40 ahead of the #KyDerby pic.twitter.com/yJUSHqXTLR
— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) April 30, 2022
Charge It was unveiled on January 8 and showed early speed before finishing a close second in a maiden special weight event at Gulfstream Park. In his second assignment, the well-bred son of Tapit left no doubt when cruising home to an 8 1/2-length score while running one mile on the same surface. He now shows a career line of 3-1-2-0, $230,400.
Happy Derby Week! Here's CHARGE IT when he was just a baby, with his dam I'll Take Charge.#kentuckyderby pic.twitter.com/nUNaBUKCds
— Timber Town Stable (@Timber_Town) May 2, 2022
The colt was bred in the Bluegrass State and boasts one of the best catalog pages of any horse on the Triple Crown this season. He is the initial stakes performer out of the winning Indian Charlie mare I’ll Take Charge, who is a half-sister to a trio of Grade 1 performers, including champion Will Take Charge, Florida Derby hero Take Charge Indy, as well as Beholder Mile S. (G1) queen As Time Goes By. His second dam is Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady, and Charge It also hails from the same female line as champion Take Charge Brandi and three-time Grade 1 star Omaha Beach.