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Only minutes after TAPIT’s Pauline’s Pearl finished third in the Fleur de Lis Stakes (G2) on Saturday, Charge It gave their sire a huge victory in the Dwyer Stakes (G3), running home 23 lengths the best with the third placed runner over 25 lengths behind him. It was the third stakes appearance for the Whisper Hill Farm homebred, who caught the eye when finishing second in this year’s Florida Derby (G1). In all, the grandson of three-time Grade 1 winner and bluehen broodmare Take Charge Lady has finished in the top two in four of his five starts.
“He appeared on paper to be the best horse and when the six [Nabokov] didn’t really fire, it left him alone there,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “I’m not sure what the official margin is, but it’s pretty far. At one point, I looked at the Secretariat pole and thought ‘woah, this is close.’”
Charge It’s connections are now eying starts in both the Jim Dandy (G2) and Travers Stakes (G1) as potential summer targets for the 3-year-old.
Read more about the colt’s win on Thoroughbred Daily News.