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Take Charge Indy with Calvin Borel up wins the Florida Derby (G1) Gulfstream Park Hallandale Beach Florida. 03-31-2012. Arron Haggart/Eclipse Sportswire
Highlighting 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 aboard. 

It was nothing but smiles at trainer Pat Byrne’s barn following the work.

“This 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.”

Byrne was equally as happy with the colt’s performance on a crystal clear fall morning.

“He worked super, so we’re ready to go,” Byrne said. “You couldn’t have a horse work any better than that.”

The 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.

“He’s 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.”

Bourbon 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.

“He’s really doing good right now,” trainer Kellyn Gorder said. “I can’t wait for the race.”

Claiborne 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.

“The horse is doing really well,” trainer Al Stall Jr. said. “Maybe it’s his turn.”

Take Charge Indy, Bourbon Courage and Cease will have their final works prior to the Clark next weekend at Churchill Downs.


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A great best seller SOMEONE will write some day soon: DOGMA that is rally B.S. at the race track....WOuld have hundreds and hundreds of entries to show that about 60% of the horsey truths that people learn, are so full of holes as to be nonsense.
Next someone is going to tell me what its like to take a photo finish...Can't wait for that.
I an recall a turf sprinter was put into a sprint one year on the dirt, at Chruchill. She went on a 33 2/5 work and all were saying Wow! A friend was there and simply said that the rider lost the lines and the horse just ran off..She finished in the rear half of the filed. Fast workouts only mean that the horse went fast in the isolated cool morning withou a myriad of factors KNOWN.
There can be a prompter to force a horse faster than it would run normally NUMEROUS drugs would also do it. REALIZE that there are NO drug tests after work outs!!
TV, we are agreeing that slow works mean nothing. I just think a really fast work, especially on the same track as the race, is always good, a "+" when handicappin
A slow work can be within a traingin session for another horse working in company as many older horses school younge ones by running outside of them and/or slightly in front of them to get them to close and/or learn about dirt in their faces....You cannot make a mutli-faceted training session be demoted to the simplistic and ignorant basis of time only.
A slow work out can be for all kinds of reasons: going very wide to get out of the way of other working horses, working wide because the track is torn up late in a work session, the trainer in the irons (usualy above 160), trouble with tack, the reasons are justa about as long as one's imagination....WORK OUTS ARE EXERCISE no different that you or I doing in the morning. just about EVERY reputable source who actually SEES THEM knows that is the truth.
TV, they mean diddly when they are slow (who knows what they are working on) but when they are fast works,...that always good!
Newbie here..to the board not to the Game.
workouts do NOT translate to winning......How long is that fallacy extant? All they say is the horse is healthy enough to work close to racing speed....Unless you are IN THE BARN and watch all of them, they mean diddly
Trainer Pat Byrne said Sunday that Take Charge Indy came out of his bullet work Saturday (three furlongs in :35.60) in good order and is still on schedule to make his next start in the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI).
i will wait till it's closer to the race to pick.
Glad to see my derby pic is back. I hope he runs well. It would be nice to see some of the 3 yr olds come back and have a good 4 yr old season. TCI, El Padrino, Secret Circle, any horse other than Alpha!.
If Shackleford is in, no way TCI will win. With those two battling, I put my money on Bourbon Courage. I have bet him plenty, he has yet to let me down. The connections were smart, and put him in a place to excel. Everything is good for him, and he his improving.
TCI for the win.

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