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Sadly these things happen in this beautiful sport. In the case with Take Control, the fault lies entirely with both owner and trainer. A horse with the pedigree and talent like Take Control, I can understand the owners insistance on keeping the horse at the track, but in this case, I truly believe Bob Baffert was not the right man to handle this horse. This industry is run by money, and most so called successful trainers are far from that anymore, they are stable managers, they are the coach of a football team. They are rarely hands on. Thats the case with the likes of Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher and a few others. The amount of breakdowns these large stables endure can come about because they run like an assembly line from China, low quality but big volumes give results. Take Control, like many horses with his characteristics, needed a hands on trainer, with a small stable but with patience as his virtue, as a Neil Drysdale or Michael Dickinson type of trainer. Now, in my opinion when a horse, who has proven continually, regardless of a layoff, that he runs his heart out, and never gives a bad race, like Take Control, or a Take Charge Indy, or a Fort Larned, gives and uncharacteristically bad performance. Two things come to mind, the horse was short on training and not ready for the race, and that can cause an unnecessary strain or injury on the horse, or the horse was indeed ready but suffered an injury or was suffering a symptom of something without being detected., or disliked the track etc, when things like these happen, a trainer and owner have to take a step back and find every possible answer to a zillion questions that come from a dismal performance by an otherwise consistent runner. This sport and the horses and jockeys who are the main protagonists, and biggest risk takers (I dont consider anyone else in this business a risk taker, I consider all of them gamblers, especially the the owners), need to be treated with the respect they have earned throughout history, because they both risk their lives everytime they step together on a racetrack. Cause a horse can look impeccable, but looks wont make him run a big race, and I dont think 4 furlong workouts can tell the real story if a horse is good to go or not. A human athlete like Adrian Peterson, can play injured and still give a solid performance at practice, but he wont perform at his best come gameday, any horse can give you a decent workout on a short distance, cause he isnt being forced much. But work him out 4 furlongs to run 1 1/8, the horse than could be in for a surprise, like Take Charge Indy. I appalaud the connections of Fort Larned for not entering the horse in the Woodward to give them more time to go over the horse and bring him back strong to run at his best. What role do Vetenarians have in this, probably the same, cause they dont do any thorough inspections, but then again, on a big stable, you got to look over hundreds of horses, they are bound to miss something, if you dont believe that, I compare it to your local General Hospital, can any of you tell me how good the service is there? thought so. Im tired of every one saying, the horse is first and foremost, and we got to do right by the horse, or the horse and Jockeys health are always the main priority. A way to start it is even the playing field. No drugs, no medication. Hey a jock constantly gets harassed for drinking alcohol, and snorting crack, but horses still run juiced up or on pain killers. One partial solution to this, is get rid of all that, and stop running three legged horses, they dont deserve the disrespect. Value them because youfeed your family thanks to them.
My career has been draining so much time from my passion and occasionally I have a few moments to catch up on some horse racing news, this is one time I wish I missed the news. Sad, RIP TC }+{
How many does this make for Baffert now?
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  • tmallios1 · if not mistaken june was around the time animal kingdom ran in england .so might be straight. Speed horse scares me,especially if he never made a left turn in his life. · 404 days ago
  • tmallios1 · I saw the replay,looked good.Does not look like a speed demon. He ran on a turn. Do not know much about the competition,but has a nice stride. I can use him.Might work out a nice stalking trip. · 404 days ago
Larry Zap ‏@larryzapeye 17m Sad to report that Take Control just went down working with Martin Garcia...jock got up...Take Control looks in real trouble. #justsad
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  • Mary Z. · If you find the regular race replay, you'll see that he has his tail flaping like a flag during the whole stretch run. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRfA4ofyldM · 405 days ago
  • goblin · BH has the story with quotes from Baffert, saying that this is a part of the business that "makes you not want to be in it." http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/81390/bc-marathon-contender-take-control-euthanized · 405 days ago
Wish they would have went ahead and retired him.
Rest in Peace, Take Control.
Probably good idea to try him on turf or back to synthetics, didnt run a lick on dirt saturday.
Didn't run a step. Very disappointing.
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  • Cab2536 · He has trouble staying sound. Very lightly raced horse and some serious layoffs to boot. Was thrown in the deep end here based on his unaccomplished race record. His insane pedigree is undeniable. · 424 days ago
  • The Doctor · Well I didn't expect him to win this but I didn't think he'd run dead last either. It was his first start on the dirt. Maybe he prefers the synthetic or the turf. · 423 days ago
Bob has a lot of confidence in this guy so I'll trust his decision...TC is two months behind schedule so this is a monster prep for him to get into the BC, wish him well.
He's going, jmac.
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  • The Doctor · This might be his last chance. He can run with grade 1 horses. His only starts have been on the synthetic but he was closing like a freight train in the San Diego last year. He might be better on the dirt. i think baffert is using this as a prep for the classic. If he doesn't win he might have trouble getting in, though. · 428 days ago
  • Sullivan · I have no doubt he is up to the par, it just seems very forward · 428 days ago
Wonder where this guy might run next off a year plus layoff?
Worked again at Santa Anita on 09/19. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00 4/5.
  • The Doctor · He's nominated to the Awesome Again next week at Santa Anita. With Game On Dude training up to the Classic Baffert may take a shot with this guy. · 431 days ago
  • jmac500 · i wish he'd go · 431 days ago
is back to work at Santa Anita going 4f on 7/7/2013 in 49.40...this time hopefully we can see him make it back to the track God bless!
Any news on this horse? Is he still working?
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  • RichChatter · Hmmm. Perhaps his shins are acting up again. If I remember correctly that's been his biggest obstacle so far (correct me if I'm wrong). · 577 days ago
  • likin sparks · You're correct, he inherited that from his mom Azeri. · 577 days ago
hes been posting really great workouts these past couple months from his shin issues... http://www1.drf.com/workoutsForHorseAction.do?rNo=07003460
i wonder if he's nominated to the Big Cap. You don't think Baffert would be bold enough to try him there would you? I mean he's already six years old, bred to run all day and fresh. Why not take a shot?
  • lookinatlucky859 · baffert is really smart he wouldnt run him against GAME ON DUDE the latter needs a soft pace against RON THE GREEK · 637 days ago
  • likin sparks · No, he wouldn't be considered since been on a layoff and no stakes races in over 6 months. Here are the nominations http://www.santaanita.com/sites/default/files/big_cap_noms.pdf. I believe Bob had some really big plans for him around November as long as thoses shins hold up. · 636 days ago
Where is this guy? They need to try him at Santa Anita. He's probably a better horse on the dirt.
Is back to work at Santa Anita, with the grace of God stay healthy so Mary, myself and everyone else can see you mow em down.
On his Twitter account, The Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman tweets that Take Control will be given 60 days rest by trainer Bob Baffert and is therefore out of consideration for the Pacific Classic. The 5-year-old, who has had chronic shin problems, has run only three times in his career.
  • UnionRagsRules · Thanks for that update! · 838 days ago
  • likin sparks · According to DRf Big Bob stated TC was off a little and thought it was a foot problem but now seems to be ok. Another note to mention was it was nothing serious needing surgery just some rest...get well soon TC! · 838 days ago
He closed into a 1:14 pace in the San Diego. If he runs in the Pacific Classic, watch out at about 12-1! May be the bet of the year. Baffert will be loaded for the Classic with 3 or 4 horses.

Take Control - Race Results & Past Performances

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