the list of more than 100 horses who recorded published workouts at Churchill
Downs on Saturday morning was Take Charge Indy, Bourbon Courage
and Cease. The trio of stakes winners is being pointed to the Grade I
Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare on Nov. 23.
Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC’s
Take Charge Indy, winner of the Florida Derby (GI) prior to finishing 19th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Brands (GI), breezed a “bullet” three furlongs in :35.60 with Calvin Borel
was nothing but smiles at trainer Pat Byrne’s barn following the work.
horse is doing so good,” Borel said. “The race at Keeneland (third in the GII
Fayette) was an awesome race. I’m not scared of anyone right now, especially
after this morning. Pat has done such a good job with this horse and this horse
is just starting to get good. He’s just going to get better and better.”
was equally as happy with the colt’s performance on a crystal clear fall
worked super, so we’re ready to go,” Byrne said. “You couldn’t have a horse
work any better than that.”
Sandfords were on hand for the work, as was Elliott Walden, president,
CEO and racing manager of WinStar Farm, where Take Charge Indy will
stand at stud following his racing career.
only had eight races, so he’s a lightly raced horse,” Chuck Sandford said. “No
wear and tear. He’s the best Patrick has ever had him, so we have no excuses.
We’re ready to run.”
Lane Stable and Wayne
Lynn’s Bourbon Courage, winner of the Super Derby (GII) and most recently
second behind Neck ’n Neck in the Indiana Derby (GII), breezed five
furlongs in 1:00. It was the second fastest of 48 at the distance.
really doing good right now,” trainer Kellyn Gorder said. “I can’t wait
for the race.”
Farm and Adele
Dilschneider’s Cease, runner-up to Pool Play in the Hawthorne Gold
Cup (GII), breezed five furlongs in 1:02.40, which ranked 33rd at the distance.
horse is doing really well,” trainer Al Stall Jr. said. “Maybe it’s his
Charge Indy, Bourbon Courage and Cease will have their final works prior to the
Clark next weekend at Churchill Downs.