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Stephen Foster Next for Take Charge Indy

Take Charge Indy, six-length winner of the Alysheba (GII) on Kentucky Oaks Day, will make his next start in the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) at Churchill Downs on June 15, according to trainer Pat Byrne.
 
WinStar Farm LLC and Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC’s Take Charge Indy’s win in the Alysheba was his first since winning the Florida Derby (GI) in March 2012. In the Kentucky Derby, he finished 19th of 20 and came out with a bone chip in his left front ankle, which was removed.
 
“His win in the Alysheba was vindication for everyone involved, including the horse,” Byrne said. “It was almost a year to the day when he got hurt running in the Derby and then he came back and ran like that.
 
“Numbers wise, his race in the Alysheba was off the charts. I always knew he could be that kind of a horse. You can look back at what I said about him over the winter. I said, ‘At the end of the day, this is probably the most talented horse I’ve ever trained,’ and I’ve had my hands on a couple of good ones.”
 
Two of Byrne’s most notable horses are 1997 Horse of the Year Favorite Trick and Awesome Again, who won the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) in 1998.
 
“I think when it’s all said and done, (Take Charge Indy) might be a better horse than Awesome Again,” Byrne said.
 
In addition to winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Awesome Again also won the Whitney Handicap (GI), Stephen Foster Handicap (GII), Saratoga Breeders’ Cup Handicap (GII) and the Hawthorne Gold Cup (GIII).
 
Take Charge Indy breezed four furlongs in :51 at Churchill Downs on Saturday in his first work since the Alysheba. He is scheduled to work five furlongs this Saturday or Sunday with jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard. Byrne said Take Charge Indy will work shortly after the track opens for training at 6 a.m.
 
Should Take Charge Indy win the Stephen Foster, it would be the third victory in the race for Byrne, who won back-to-back runnings in 1997-98 with City by Night and Awesome Again.
 
One horse Take Charge Indy likely will face on June 15 is Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) winner Fort Larned, who breezed five furlongs in 1:03.20 at Churchill Downs on Sunday. Trainer Ian Wilkes confirmed following the work that Fort Larned is being pointed toward the Stephen Foster.
 
Fort Larned finished fifth as the 1-2 favorite in the Oaklawn Handicap (GII) in his most recent start on April 13. He stumbled at the start and lost jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. in his first start of 2013 in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (GII). 

 

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IHATC- I agree 100%, To bad no Game On Dude......these are the races and fields I personally would like to see him run against.
CFC, Flat Out's still in training. Just worked out this morning. Finally"woke up" this year in his last race, lol.
@IHATC: The horses that you mentioned, I think you might include Flat Out? Seems he has run in this race a time or two(I know he ran 6th to Pool Play two years ago)? That is, if he's still in training.
patrick byrne is a friend.i am happy for him that he is finally being rewarded with this horse.he told me about this horse before he ever stepped on the track.sometimes they do what you expect them to do and sometimes they fool you.glad for byrnes case this
I agree, this horse is going to be a tough out from here on out. If the field stays as is it looks to be entertaining with Dan, Ticket and RTG along with Fort Larned. Love the Stephen Foster, what a great way to start off summer
Good deal. I think this horse is just coming into his own. Too bad he's done with racing after this year - hope he makes it a good one!

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