Florida Derby (G1) winner Take Charge Indy to stand at WinStar
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

WinStar Farm has acquired the breeding rights to Florida Derby (G1) winner Take Charge Indy, and will stand the regally-bred colt at the Versailles-based farm following his racing career.

Take Charge Indy, a 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy out of brilliant multiple Grade 1 winner Take Charge Lady, recently resumed training with Pat Byrne for a second-half of the year campaign.

“When I looked at him I saw A.P. Indy, who is obviously one of the greatest sires of sires in the industry today,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar President & CEO. “Stallion credentials don't get much stronger than being a Grade 1 winner, by a multiple Grade 1 winner like A.P. Indy, and out of a multiple Grade 1 winner. We're excited about Take Charge Indy's chances of successfully carrying out the A.P. Indy line at stud.”

A striking dark bay, Take Charge Indy has scored his biggest win to date in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) earlier this year at Gulfstream, where he flashed his brilliant speed to defeat the likes of Union Rags and other top 3-year-olds. He entered the Kentucky Derby (G1) as one of the leading contenders before sustaining an ankle injury that required minor surgery and about 90 days of rest.

Take Charge Indy was also a leading 2-year-old in the Midwest. After impressively winning his debut by 6 ½ lengths at Arlington, he was runner-up in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) and a close fourth in Keeneland's Breeders Futurity (G1) – both on Polytrack. Take Charge Indy closed out the year by running a troubled fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) in his first start on dirt.

“Take Charge Indy is by far the best horse I've ever trained when you combine depth of pedigree and magnitude of talent,” said Byrne, who has also trained champions Favorite Trick and Awesome Again. “At the end of the day, I believe he will be the best horse I've ever had, period.

“He looks absolutely fantastic right now, and we're thrilled to have him back at the barn,” he added. “Physically, he has filled out in all the right spots, and even Calvin (Borel) was amazed when he saw him. We're optimistic Take Charge Indy will have a strong end of the year.”

Campaigned by owners Chuck and Maribeth Sandford, Take Charge Indy currently has earnings of $721,000 on the track. His dam Take Charge Lady, by leading broodmare sire Dehere, was one of the top racemares in the country in 2002-03. She was an eight-time graded stakes winner—three Grade 1 wins—and earner of nearly $2.5 million.

American Pharoah dominates Haskell Inv. (G1) title=
Pioneerof the Nile

American Pharoah dominates Haskell Inv. (G1)

Making his first start since his historic Triple Crown, Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah kept rolling right along with a deceptively dominating victory in the $1.75 million Haskell Inv. (G1)...

[read more]

Rock Fall in thrilling Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) finish title=
Speightstown

Rock Fall in thrilling Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) finish

Speightstown’s sensational 4-year-old emerged victorious in a nail-biting finish in Saturday’s $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1)...

[read more]

Bellamy Road filly Land Over Sea takes to Del Mar turf title=
Bellamy Road

Bellamy Road filly Land Over Sea takes to Del Mar turf

Land Over Sea scampered across the Del Mar turf course to score a 3 ¾-length maiden special weight victory in the second lifetime start for the 2-year-old...

[read more]

Shore Runner comes out on top in $100K Lucky Coin S. title=
More Than Ready

Shore Runner comes out on top in $100K Lucky Coin S.

Many of More Than Ready’s offspring have found a home on the turf, and Shore Runner looks like that type following his gutsy victory in the $100,000 Lucky Coin S...

[read more]

Hold the Giant still perfect after Edmonton Juvenile win title=
Hold Me Back

Hold the Giant still perfect after Edmonton Juvenile win

Hold the Giant, a 2-year-old son of Hold Me Back, is undefeated in two starts following his two-length victory in the $50,000 Edmonton Juvenile S...

[read more]

Sidney’s Candy filly romps in Del Mar unveiling title=
Sidney's Candy

Sidney’s Candy filly romps in Del Mar unveiling

As her sire Sidney's Candy did some six years ago, Sooner Time broke her maiden at Del Mar on July 23...

[read more]

Drosselmeyer filly debuts a 6 ½-length winner title=
Drosselmeyer

Drosselmeyer filly debuts a 6 ½-length winner

Heartbreaker Girl made short work of a field of 2-year-old fillies as the daughter of first-crop...

[read more]

Carpe Diem, G1 winner at two and three, retires to WinStar title=

Carpe Diem, G1 winner at two and three, retires to WinStar

Stonestreet Stables’ & WinStar Farm’s Carpe Diem, Giant’s Causeway’s Grade 1-winning son at two and three, has been retired from racing due to a knee chip, and will stand stud in 2016 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, KY...

[read more]

Hold for More scores second stakes win of 2015 title=
Hold Me Back

Hold for More scores second stakes win of 2015

Hold for More chalked up yet another stakes win on July 19 when the 3-year-old son of Hold me Back rolled to a 7 ¼-length victory...

[read more]

Tiz Shea D scampers to rousing victory in $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) title=
Tiznow

Tiz Shea D scampers to rousing victory in $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2)

Tiz Shea D’s young career reached new heights on Saturday evening when the 3-year-old Tiznow colt scored a 1 ¼-length triumph in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2)...

[read more]