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Take Charge Indy Competes in Monmouth Cup

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.

“I’m 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. ” 

A 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 regular 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.  


 

 

 

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