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NEWLY-MINTED MILLIONAIRE WILL TAKE CHARGE, MICKY GEE N WIN SATURDAY NIGHT 44G CO-FEATURES
Winning the 3-thru-6 draw among the half-dozen, the odds-on number strolled around the surroundings 28, 57.3, 1:26, 1:54, the mile matching a season's-best effort. Pole-assigned In Secret could not match strides from the pocket, beaten a length-and-a-quarter. A ground-saving Smalltownthrowdown was third, with a returning Melady's Monet and Chasin' Dreams picking off the lesser loot.
Trotting Grace was outrun.
For Will Take Charge, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding co-owned by Jeff Gillis and Mac Nichol, it was his third win in nine seasonal starts (life 24-for-85, $1,006,228). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $6.70, the triple returned $33.80 and the superfecta paid $91.50.
Stratton then doubled his pleasure in the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace, overcoming losing the 4-thru-8 getaway with a third-up Micky Gee N $20.
With no choice but to spectate early, Micky Gee N saw 3-2 choice Rock Diamonds N lead through spiffy intervals of 25.4, 55 seconds flat and 1:22.2. Getting numbers to 'run at,' Micky Gee N closed crisply, getting the better of Classy Dragon late. That one attacked the favorite, eventually winning the battle but losing the war.
Micky Gee N prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.4, with 45-1 rank outsider Proven Desire, third. Dr. J Hanover and Toatsmygoats came away with the remainder, while Rock Diamonds N tired to seventh among the octet.
For fifth choice Micky Gee N, a 6-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding owned by William Hartt and trained Lance Hudson, it was his fifth win in a dozen '19 tries. The exacta paid $159.50, the triple returned $1,153 and the superfecta paid $5,546.
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