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Big 'Cap Field As Strong As Ever
Willis Horton, part-owner of Will Take Charge (Unbridled's Song-Take Charge Lady, by Dehere), believes this Saturday's Gr1 Santa Anita Handicap looks to be a race for the ages, with last year's champion 3YO set to clash with Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man and two-time Big 'Cap winner Game On Dude, reports thoroughbreddailynews.com. "I've practically watched nearly all of them [Big 'Cap], even back to Affirmed [in 1979]," Horton said. "We've got as strong a field coming up this week as any field has been in the past." Will Take Charge will enter Saturday's race off a second-place finish in the Gr1 Donn Handicap behind Lea on 9 February, his first start since winning the Gr1 Clark Handicap in November. "Well, I was impressed with my horse [in the Donn]," said Horton. "The problem that I saw in the race, was on a speed biased track, we were right there behind the front leaders. He made up a tremendous amount of ground on a speed biased track." The flashy chestnut showed his readiness for his latest Gr1 assignment by working four furlongs over Oaklawn's main track on Sunday in a time of 47.80 seconds (4 furlongs). "We feel strongly that we're going to win that race Saturday, even though we've got stiff competition," Horton continued. "We're not going to dodge any horse, we're going to stay in Grade I races with high prestige if at all possible." Game On Dude will be bidding to become the first horse in history to win three Big 'Caps, while Mucho Macho Man comes off a brilliant 14-length win in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park when making his seasonal debut on 18 January.