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Breeders' Cup 2017

Take Charge Indy Fit and Ready for Comeback

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

The big year trainer Pat Byrne envisioned for Take Charge Indy came to a crashing halt on Kentucky Derby (G1) day when the regally bred colt exited the race with a left ankle injury.

Come Saturday, phase two starts for Take Charge Indy as he will face older horses for the first time in the Fayette (G2) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

“He came back to the barn August 2,” Byrne said Wednesday morning from Louisville. “He’s had three three-quarter-mile works and has a lot of miles under him. (Jockey) Calvin (Borel) worked him three works back and he went 1:13 and 1 and Calvin said he’s ready.”

Owned by Chuck and Maribeth Sandford, the son of A.P. Indy out of four-time Keeneland graded stakes winner Take Charge Lady burst onto the Triple Crown scene with a victory in the Florida Derby (G1) in which he defeated eventual Belmont (G1) winner Union Rags. Then came the disappointment of the Kentucky Derby.

“This is a good place to get started back and I can do it without shipping all over the country,” Byrne said. “He has run OK on Polytrack and he did not get beat that far last year by Dullahan (in the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity). I had considered the Barbaro (last Saturday) at Delaware Park.

“He’s ready to go. Ideally, I’d like a mile and a sixteenth, but there are not too many places to go. The Clark Handicap (G1 on November 23 at Churchill Downs) is the main objective and I’ve got the Dubai World Cup (G1) in the back of my mind.”




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Fayette is a good spot for him. Been in training for the past two months. multiple 6f works on a dead CD track and a bullet sub 1 min 5f work last time out. I would say he is fit and ready to go. Why keep him on the bench if he has shown he is ready to return? Going to have to run against the olders at some point - why not now? Disappointing he is giving weight to all but Newsdad, but luck of the draw being the only G1 winner in the field. Shorter distance off the bench would have been nice - but go find one of those at this point of the year. Clark Handicap is the ultimate goal anyway,so this will be a good test for him.
The trainer says that Dubai is a goal, so obviously not retiring that soon.
Guys, if they were planning on racing him as a four year old, you would be absolutely right about taking it easy on him until he proves he is sound and racing fit. But haven't stud plans already been made for him? I want to say Winstar? They are probably trying to get as many graded wins for him as they can to pad his stallion resume. Not sure if the plan is to retire him after this season or next?
My point exactly, what's the sense when so close to years end for him to have the extra pressure in this race?
A couple of easy preps to see if the leg holds up would be the logical road back to racing, not going as fast as one can the first day back.
Going up against an older crowd and at 1 1/8th, the connections must be in a rush to get him back to race shape.

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