11/10/2012 2:22PM

Churchill Downs: Take Charge Indy ready for the Clark

Barbara D. Livingston
Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy has only started once since the Kentucky Derby.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Take Charge Indy breezed three furlongs Saturday in 35.60 seconds over a fast main track at Churchill Downs with regular rider Calvin Borel aboard, in the colt’s first workout since he finished third in his comeback race, the Oct.  27 Fayette Stakes.

Take Charge Indy and Borel won the Florida Derby before finishing 19th in the May 5 Kentucky Derby, from which the colt exited with an ankle injury. He led most of the way before finishing third, beaten 2 1/2 lengths, in the Fayette at Keeneland.

Take Charge Indy is one of the 30 nominees to the upcoming Churchill fall showcase, the Grade 1, $400,000 Clark Handicap on Nov. 23.

Other known Clark prospects are Neck ‘n Neck, winner of the opening-day Ack Ack Handicap for trainer Ian Wilkes, and Mission Impazible, the 2011 Clark runner-up to Wise Dan; possibly Shackleford, although the Nov. 24 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct is another option; Cease, trained by Al Stall Jr., Bourbon Courage, winner of the Super Derby; and perhaps two of the Mark Casse-trained trio of Pool Play, Delegation, and Stealcase.

Chuck and Maribeth Sandford, the Chicago-based couple who own Take Charge Indy, were on hand for the Saturday work, as was Elliott Walden, president of WinStar Farm. Take Charge Indy will stand at stud at WinStar when his racing career is through, although that might not be until 2014, since trainer Pat Byrne has said he is targeting the Donn Handicap and Dubai World Cup early next year.

“He’s only had eight races, so he’s a lightly raced horse,” said Chuck Sandford. “No wear and tear. He’s the best Patrick has ever had him, so we have no excuses. We’re ready to run.”

Two stakes scheduled for upcoming night card

A pair of 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds is on tap for the evening program to be run this coming Saturday. Those races are the Grade 2, $175,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes for fillies and the Grade 3, $100,000 Commonwealth Turf for colts and geldings. Entries will be taken Wednesday.

Post time for the first and only Downs After Dark card is 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The theme is “The Golden Era,” with patrons encouraged to wear clothing from the 1920’s.