03/27/2013 4:21PM

Gulfstream Park: Take Charge Indy can end drought in Skip Away

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Barbara D. Livingston
Take Charge Indy is winless in four races since taking the Florida Derby last year.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Despite his status as last year’s Florida Derby winner, Take Charge Indy does not figure to be favored in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Skip Away Stakes at 1 3/16 miles, which drew a contentious field of 10.

Take Charge Indy is winless in four races since the Florida Derby, most recently finishing third, eight lengths behind Graydar in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap here on Feb. 9.

Take Charge Indy, who will break from post 8 under Rosie Napravnik, will take on the rapidly improving Cigar Street, who has won two allowance races here this meet.

Cigar Street, trained by Bill Mott, will break from post 9 under John Velazquez.

Adding to the depth of the field are Golden Ticket, who dead-heated for win in last year’s Travers; Pants On Fire, a recent allowance winner over the track; and Al Qasr, a Group 1 stakes winner in Argentina.

Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
1 3/16th is too far for Golden Ticket, he needs 1 mile. He hangs bad everytime they run him 1 1/ 8 or farther. Last yr Travers he was home free til he hung bad and that field was awful.
Dave More than 1 year ago
He won the Fla. Derby over a very biased track favoring inside speed. He needs to learn to relax early in these races, he has a habit of getting dueled into submission. Cigar Street looks like the real deal, I'll be surprised if he loses.
aqua racer More than 1 year ago
I don't know if I will call it a habit. The Fayette he got tired, the Clark he would have won with another 1f. The Donn just fell apart. That said, I think you are right. Box the exacta with Cigar Street and Indy. Throw the south american horse in for the tri.
John Byrne More than 1 year ago
What's wrong with this guy? The horse has not won but he's ran in 4 graded stakes. He got hurt in the Kentucky derby and then ran 3rd then second in a grade one and third in a grade one.