Willis Horton has been in the game for years and has experienced both the highs and lows of getting to the Kentucky Derby (G1). In 2000, Horton owned High Praise, one of the early favorites in that year's Derby but the colt died in training before the Derby.
In 2013, Horton is experiencing the highs of the sport with graded stakes winner Will Take Charge. After winning both the Smarty Jones and Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn, Will Take Charge is guaranteed a spot in the starting gate the first Saturday in May.
Horton has won a big race at Churchill Downs during his time in the sport, winning the 2006 Kentucky Oaks (G1) with Lemons Forever.
Will Take Charge is the latest superstar for Horton. The colt tallied 60 points on the new points system, punching his ticket to the 2013 Kentucky Derby after a victory in the Rebel Stakes (G2). Will Take Charge finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby, and from there moved on to run in the Belmont Stakes.