Racing

Willis Horton

Residence: Marshall, Ark.

Campaigned Eclipse Award winners Will Take Charge & Take Charge Brandi

• Retired homebuilder Willis Horton has reached the pinnacle as an owner, campaigning two Eclipse Award winners solely and capturing the country’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies in partnership.

• Had six victories and two more in partnership at the 2019 Oaklawn meeting – all trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. Highlight was homebred Long Range Toddy’s victory in the first division of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds. Won two more races with Awe Emma, a $2 million Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale purchase in 2015. Horton also owns horses in partnership with Winchell Thoroughbreds (Ron and Joan Winchell) and Three Chimneys Farm.

• After reuniting with Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas in the summer of 2012, Horton watched his Will Take Charge become the country’s champion 3-year-old male of 2013 after winning Oaklawn’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes and $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) and the Travers Stakes (G1), Pennsylvania Derby (G2) and Clark Handicap (G1). Will Take Charge also won the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) in 2014.

• Horton’s Take Charge Brandi was named the country’s champion 2-year-old filly of 2014 after winning three stakes races, including the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at odds of 61-1.

• Take Charge Brandi’s final career victory came in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes in 2015 at Oaklawn. Horton sold Take Charge Brandi for $6 million at the 2015 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

• Horton’s Laurie’s Rocket won the $75,000 Hot Springs Stakes in 2013 at Oaklawn.

• Horton’s family also campaigned multiple stakes winner Partner’s Hero and Lemons Forever, winner of the Kentucky Oaks (G1) for 3-year-old fillies in 2006 at Churchill Downs.