Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy is set to travel a
mile and a sixteenth for trainer Patrick Byrne in the $200,000 Monmouth
Cup on Sunday. The Grade 2 event,
formerly known as the Meadowlands Cup as the first 32 runnings were
contested at the Meadowlands in
East Rutherford, will take place for the third time at Monmouth since moving to Oceanport in 2010.
After an impressive win two back when he crossed the
wire six lengths before the field in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes, Take
Charge Indy was beaten by 20
lengths last out in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill
Downs. Byrne, who started his career at Monmouth and won the Molly
Pitcher back in 1998 with Relaxing Rhythm, believes that his colt will
return to form this Sunday.
looking forward to coming back,” said Byrne, “and hopefully we can get
back on track there. I think that you can put a line through his
last race. He’s come back to the barn and trained well so hopefully he
takes to the Monmouth track and I don’t see why he wouldn’t. ”
4-year-old son of A.P. Indy out of Take Charge Lady, Take Charge Indy
will carry Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens in the Monmouth Cup, as
rider Rosie Napravnik rides Ponzi Scheme for trainer Jorge Navarro.
“We’ve got a top jock in Gary Stevens,” Byrne said. “He’s riding very well right now so we’re happy to have him on board.”
Take Charge Indy will face tough competition in fellow Grade 1 winner Hymn Book in the Monmouth Cup, which will go as the 9th race
on a 14-race Haskell card on Sunday.
HASKELL CHALLENGE BOASTS BREEDERS’ CUP TICKETS AS GRAND PRIZE
Handicappers will compete for a round-trip flight to
California and VIP tickets
for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup in this year’s Haskell Handicapping
Challenge. Competitors will choose one horse in each of Sunday’s 14
races for their imaginary $2 win, place, and show bet.
The contestant with the highest bankroll at the end of the day wins the
Grand Prize, while second and third place finishers will win cash
prizes of $500 and $200, respectively.
Players must register and have their picks in for
the free online contest by 11:30 am on race day, July 28. Fans can
register at www.haskellgame.com.