McPeek Confident in Take Charge Lady

With only one-week rest, Take Charge Lady is ready to anchor Team Kentucky in the inaugural Great State Challenge on Dec. 7 at Sam Houston Race Park.

Trainer Kenny McPeek said during an NTRA teleconference on Tuesday that wheeling Take Charge Lady back for the Great State Distaff with only a week between starts is slightly unconventional but it is something the owners (Jerry and Feye Bach's Select Stable) want to try.

"This is something the owners and I have been discussing for about a month and if she wasn't in great order I wouldn't even consider doing it, but she's in great order and cleaning up her feed tub," McPeek said.

Take Charge Lady finished 1 1/4 lengths behind Allamerican Bertie in the Nov. 28 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

Besides Take Charge Lady, McPeek also sends out fellow Kentucky-bred Midnight Cry in the Juvenile Fillies. Midnight Cry, owned by Barrister Hall Stables, finished third in the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga and most recently finished fourth in the Nov. 24 Valley Stream Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct.