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BURGER KING SUPERSTAKES — the real test for Will In Charge

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, November 10, 2017

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Will In Charge, the outstanding Robert Pearson-trained four-year-old chestnut colt, is without a doubt one of the most improved and consistent horses currently in training at Caymanas Park.

During his three-year career, the Adore The Gold Gem Lea offspring had to take a back seat and watch his peers dominate the Classic races.

Will In Charge finished in seventh position in the 2000 Guineas over a mile (1,600m) behind Future King on April 9, 2016. He next placed fourth in the Jamaica Derby over 12 furlongs (2,400m) behind Orpheus on June 25, 2016, before taking the second slot in the 10-furlong (2,000m) Jamaica St Leger to Bigdaddykool on July 16.

The current season has seen a complete turnaround in form. Will In Charge has emerged as one of the top horses in the land. Thus far he has won five races and earned two second-place finishes from seven starts. His victories include superb performances in the Prime Minister's Stakes on August 6 and the Governor General's Stakes on September 23 – two major prep races before the ultimate testing ground of stamina and endurance – the Burger King Superstakes.

Benefiting from the handicaps, Will In Charge defeated Bigdaddykool by a neck in both races run over 10 furlongs (2,000m) in times of 2:06.2 and 2:05.1, respectively, making him one of the top contenders for tomorrow's Burger King-sponsored Superstakes.

While Pearson is very pleased with the performances of Will In Charge this season, he considers the Superstakes the real test for his charge – a test which he believes the colt will pass with flying colours.

“Both performances were very good. He ran really well to win those races and we had expected the victories as well, especially with the handicaps in our favour.

“However, with that being said and done, the Burger King-sponsored Superstakes will be the real testing ground for him. He will be there [Superstakes] to fight, as he is a fighter.

“His chances in the Superstakes race are second to none, and I am confident in him and his chances. He is a very nice horse with class and talent,” Pearson told the Supreme Racing Guide, adding that all preparations for the race have been going according to plan.

“He has been training really well. He has responded well to the instructions and he has been eating well. Basically, he has doing everything that has been asked of him so far. I can't complain about anything going into the Superstakes,” Pearson declared.

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