It doesn’t seem like it’s been nearly six months since the Kentucky Derby, but the upcoming Breeders’ Cup can sometimes cause you to take pause and think back on the race, as well as the Triple Crown season. This past year has been a rough one for the three-year-old division. We’ve seen the retirement of some of this year’s biggest stars like Union Rags, I’ll Have Another, Hansen, and Bodemeister, which leaves us wondering what may have been, had these horses been able to run the full season. A bright spot is emerging out of the season though as Take Charge Indy will return to the track this weekend.
Take Charge Indy didn’t have a meteoric rise to Kentucky Derby prominence, but he did get considerable hype as a sleeper as the race approached. The colt didn’t have much of a resume’ going into the Grade I Florida Derby, but he was able to take that race, beating out eventual Belmont winner Union Rags, who finished third, behind Reveron. From there, trainer Patrick Byrne and many fans had to believe that anything was possible and the victory at Gulfstream Park may be a sign that the best was yet to come. That optimism didn’t hold though, as Take Charge Indy only beat one horse to the finish line, coming in a disappointing 19th in the “Run for the Roses”.
After the race, it was learned that he had an ankle injury and it would require minor surgery. He’s been resting and rehabbing since the surgery and Calvin Borel has been working him out in Louisville. The jockey and training staff seem to feel that he is ready to compete again and he is entered in the Grade II Fayette Stakes at Keeneland, which is worth $150 thousand. If he performs well, it’s likely that he will head back down the interstate to Churchill Downs, where he will compete in next month’s Grade I Clark Handicap. In a year that has been marred by retirements and injuries to the division, it’s nice to see Take Charge Indy come back to the track and resume his racing career.