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Take Chances Favored in Futurity

October 2, 1997

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Take Chances appears to have the best chance in the Kentucky Futurity Friday night.

Take Chances is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the 105th Futurity, the third jewel in trotting’s Triple Crown, to be contested at night for the first time at The Red Mile.

The winners of the first two races in the Triple Crown _ Lord Stormont in the Yonkers Trot and Malabar Man in the Hambletonian _ are not eligible for the Futurity because a nomination fee wasn’t paid

With those two colts out of the running, Take Chances is considered the horse to beat in the field of 13 3-year-olds. The purse is $144,231, and the winner must win two heats.

``This horse was second in the Hambletonian and has been a big factor in all the big races this year,″ Jimmy Takter, trainer of Take Chances, said. ``I think we have a shot to do well in this race.″

Take Chances has a 1-3-2 record in 10 starts and $308,904 in winnings this year. He made a break in the Yonkers Trot final and wasn’t a factor, but finished a strong second in the Hambletonian.

``He’s been racing more and more like a race horse,″ said Takter, who also trains Malabar Man.

Take Chances, owned by Brittany Farms, will be driven by Wally Hennessey.

Meadowbranch Lou, a son of Super Bowl, is part of a 5-2 field that includes Yeehaw Junction and Shippmate Hanover.

Meadowbranch Lou won the Old Oaken Bucket at Delaware Park, his only start this year, in a career-best 1:56 3-5 Sept. 18. He won 11 straight races last year.

Yankee Glide and Must Be Victory, the only filly in the field, were coupled at 4-1 in the morning-line odds. Must Be Victory, owned by John and Adelaide Skoglund, has six victories and two seconds in nine starts this year.

Armbro Keepsake was the last filly to win the Futurity, in 1992.

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