Ticker
  • Miss Sunset (3-1) grinds out the win over Chalon in the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes.Posted 21 hours ago
  • Bonus Points (3-1) swings wide and draws clear to win the Maryland Million Classic.Posted 21 hours ago
  • La Coronel (5-1) leads them all the way in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.Posted 7 days ago
  • Rubilinda (6-5) finds the wire just in time to take the Pebbles Stakes.Posted 7 days ago
  • Engage (1-2) rolls home from last to win the Grade 3 Futurity Stakes.Posted 7 days ago
  • Bolt d'Oro is the 12-1 favorite in the current Las Vegas line for Kentucky Derby 2018.Posted 11 days ago
  • Romantic Vision (6-1) takes the sloppy Spinster (G1) at Keeneland.Posted 13 days ago
  • Unique Bella (1-5) returns with a clear victory in the L. A. Woman (G3) at Santa Anita.Posted 13 days ago
  • Flameaway (5-1) wins a three-horse photo finish in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at a wet Keeneland.Posted 13 days ago
  • War Flag (9-1) wins the stretch battle in Belmont's Flower Bowl (G1).Posted 13 days ago
Breeders' Cup 2017

Take Charge Indy Prepares for Donn

Take Charge Indy with Calvin Borel up wins the Florida Derby (G1) Gulfstream Park Hallandale Beach Florida. 03-31-2012. Arron Haggart/Eclipse Sportswire
Trainer Patrick Byrne is looking forward to a Happy New Year, now that an agreement has been finalized to return Take Charge Indy to the races for the 2013 season.

WinStar Farm LLC, which recently purchased 100 percent of the 2012 Florida Derby (G1) winner’s breeding rights, will campaign the 4-year-old colt in partnership with Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC this season.

Take Charge Indy is scheduled to race in the colors of WinStar for the first time in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 9.

“It worked well for Patrick Byrne. Not having him in the barn would be a tough stall to fill. It’s a win-win, situation for everybody,” Byrne said. “We’re going to have a lot of fun with him this year. He’s doing everything we expect from him, so we’re looking forward to the Donn. Is he going to win it? Who knows? But he’ll run his race.”

Take Charge Indy, who is stabled at Palm Meadows Training Center, demonstrated an affinity for the Gulfstream Park racing surface last April while capturing the $1 million Florida Derby. His subsequent run in the Kentucky Derby (G1) was compromised by an injury that caused him to miss more than five months of racing. The son of A.P. Indy returned to finish third in the Lafayette (G2) at Keeneland and second behind Shackleford in the Clark Handicap (G1) at Churchill on Nov. 23.

“He’s doing fantastic,” Byrne said. “We had our second breeze the other day, just stretching his legs with a half in :49. He’ll have four more works, I guess, before the Donn.”

Byrne has been impressed with Take Charge Indy’s physical development.

“He’s picked up some good weight going into this 4-year-old year, and that’s what we like to see as horsemen from any 3-year-old going into his 4-year-old year,” Byrne said. “They always do well coming into Florida. They just seem to grow and develop for obvious reasons: the sun and everything.”

Byrne said no racing schedule has been set for his colt.

“I have no idea where he’ll run after the Donn,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re all just trying to make the Breeders’ Cup Classic at the end of the year.”

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Older Comments about Take Charge Indy Prepares for Donn...

Take Charge Indy breezed 4f in :50.30 (37/44) at Palm Meadows on 1-7.

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories