Horse Racing

'Will ' totally in charge

…jockey Robert Halledeen says he is the best horse in training

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Observer writer

Friday, August 31, 2018

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Will In Charge successfully defended his title when he won the coveted Prime Minister's Stakes for the second year in a row on Saturday (August 25, 2018) at Caymanas Park.

For trainer Robert Pearson it was another demonstration of his growing status as conditioner of horses at the top level of racing.

Coming off victories in the Legal Light Trophy (1820m) and the Chairman's Trophy (1,500m), Will In Charge was expected to give another good showing in the Viceroy Trophy (1,800m) but the five-year-old chestnut horse ran below par and finished in fourth place by over four lengths.

With the 10 furlongs (2,000m) of the Prime Minister's more to his liking, Will In Charge rebounded with an emphatic win, going gate-to-wire in a dominating two-and-a-half lengths win in a time of 2:08.2.

“It was a good workmanlike performance by Will In Charge. First of all, he was giving 16 pounds away in Grade One and he did it very efficiently. I think that he bled the last time out but I couldn't confirm it. He ran one of his poorest races in a while and he is flesh and blood and you expect that from any athlete,” Pearson said.

Ridden by Robert Halledeen, Will In Charge broke smoothly and quickly assumed the lead while taking the field past the stands for the first time into the clubhouse turn. Superluminal (Javaniel Patterson) chased from second with Houdini's Magic (Dick Cardenas) in third.

As the runners made their way down the backstretch, Will In Charge continued to lead at a merry clip as Houdini's Magic slipped down into second.

Running the half-mile, Houdini's Magic, Superluminal and Perfect Neighbour (Anthony Thomas) threatened but Halledeen asked for more and Will In Charge just went on his merry way. Superluminal was second, with Perfect Neighbour in third spot.

“This horse is a very nice horse and he continues to improve a lot as well. Right now, I have him as the top horse in the land. I have him as the best horse right now as long as he remains healthy and fit, he is going to do wonders,” Halledeen said.

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