2022 Kentucky Derby Contender Profile – Charge It

From the very outset this well-bred son of Tapit was looked upon to be a special colt, and he has not disappointed. Let’s take a look at his past performances and pedigree to assess his overall chances for Kentucky Derby 148 contention.

HOW HE GOT HERE

On debut he ran against a field of nine competitors, going one mile at Gulfstream Park on January 8, 2022. Breaking alertly from the gate, Charge it used his natural early speed to engage the only other early running horse in the field, Volcanic. Going a firm first quarter in 23.3, the front running duo left the others in the dust and proceeded down the stretch battling one another down to the wire. After a review of the photo, Volcanic was proclaimed the winner by a short neck. Charge it’s performance was impressive for a three-year-old making his first lifetime start. Next time out would be against maiden special weight company, again at the distance of one mile at Gulfstream Park. He broke from the gate perfectly and went to the front immediately, doing so easily, the pace was a relaxed one. At the top of the far turn jockey Luis Saez begin asking and Charge it responded, with no one around he relaxed again until the top of the stretch and went on to win by eight lengths when it was all said and done, but was never required to do any real running. Next up, he all but stamped his ticket to the Kentucky Derby by finishing second in the G1 Curlin Florida Derby on April 2nd. In a recap of that race, our subject broke from the sixth post position and did not have the best beginning as he was a step slow out of the gate. The top flight cleared out from the inside and jockey Luis Saez alertly secured him a position about four-wide into the first turn. Mid-way up the backstretch he sat off a solid pace, about fourth, under a confident but steady urging. As they entered the far turn, Charge it had to be asked to pick up the pace and after about four to five strides, he really responded. He quickened and looked to close the gap between he and the eventual winner White Abarrio, but he slowed at the top of the stretch. That wasn’t his final attempt at the victory as he accelerated once again and flashed swiftness to come within two lengths of the winner. While doing so he shifted ground and for a split second it seems as if he would attempt to go inside, but then changed his mind and went back on the outside of the winner.

 

CONNECTIONS AND PEDIGREE

Charge it is trained by Todd Pletcher; Pletcher has trained fifty-nine Kentucky Derby starters, including two winners – Super Saver in 2010 and Always Dreaming in 2017. There have been multiple years in which he has saddled more than one contender; this year he has Charge it and Mo Donegal with a few others on the outside looking in from a points qualification standpoint. Long story short: He is one of the best in the business at getting horses ready for the Kentucky Derby. From a pedigree standpoint, Charge it is a son of Tapit. Tapit is one of the all-time leading sires in North America. He is a three-time champion sire and the only top five sire nine of the last ten years. His progeny are known for having the ability to handle the classic handicap distances. On the dam side, Charge it is out of I’ll Take Charge who only has one other offspring, a four-year-old filly named Charging Lady who has only raced once. We trace back to one more generation and we find the dam to Take Charge Lady who was a multiple graded stakes winning filly.

 

OVERALL CHANCE

Bred well on the top and the bottom, Charge it checks the box for having the lineage of a runner that can handle the Kentucky Derby distance of a mile and one-fourth. He is in the very capable hands of a trainer that knows what it takes to get to and win the Run for the Roses. What we will need to take into careful consideration is his lack of experience. It was only four-years ago that the curse of Apollo stood for 136 years, wherein the winner of the Kentucky Derby had always raced as a two-year-old. Then there was this horse named Justify who broke the curse and went on to win the Triple Crown. Charge it has every right to and should improve but my humble opinion is: it’s asking a little too much too fast to win the Kentucky Derby. He has shown the ability to sit a trip and make a big run; that’s the scenario I project for our friends at Whisper Hill Farm.

Let’s Make it Happen!!!

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