10/22/2012 1:27PM

Keeneland: Take Charge Indy ready for return in Fayette

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Barbara D. Livingston
Take Charge Indy makes his first start since undergoing minor ankle surgery following the Kentucky Derby.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Pat Byrne feels like he might be sitting on a pat hand with Take Charge Indy for the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes on Saturday.

“We’re good to go,” Byrne said.

Take Charge Indy, winner of the Florida Derby in the spring, will be making his first start since he finished 19th of 20 in the May 5 Kentucky Derby. The 3-year-old colt has had five recorded workouts since returning from minor ankle surgery, the latest coming Oct. 17 at Churchill Downs. Byrne said he “thought about maybe blowing him out a little this week” before deciding against it.

“He’s ready, he’s fit,” he said. “He gallops two miles every day. We’re looking forward to getting him started back.”

Keeneland racing officials are looking for eight others for the $150,000 Fayette, which goes at 1 1/8 miles on Polytrack. They are Eye of the Leopard, Golden Yank, Guys Reward, Middie, Newsdad, Nikki’s Sandcastle, Salto, and San Antone. Entries will be drawn Wednesday.

Calvin Borel will have the mount back on Take Charge Indy, who will be trying to become the 11th 3-year-old to win the Fayette and the first since Blame in 2009.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I wish good luck to Take Charge Indy and his connections on his comeback. He is a talented horse, and it would be nice to see Take Charge Indy succeed again after healing from his injury in the Kentucky Derby.
ATOWN WHAT More than 1 year ago
Since the 3-Y.O. crop has been decimated by injury, I wouldn't be surprised if TCI winds up being one of the better champion horses from this class.
aqua racer More than 1 year ago
Just went back and watched the Derby. Makes you wonder if he could have changed the race dynamic if he hadn't been hurt in the race. Sitting in a perfect stalking position and never unleashed his move due to the injury. Not saying he would have won, but the stretch may have been different. Might have forced bode to move a little earlier which would have caused a ripple effect with IHA. One of those races you wish you could see run again.
aqua racer More than 1 year ago
Salto - TCI box please. throw middie in for tri.
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
horse has no shot..wont hit board
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
You're a hopeful sort...
Mark More than 1 year ago
Keeneland capper. What odds u laying he doesn't hit board? I want to take ur $.
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
5-1 he doesnt run in top 3..
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
please make sure you bet him though
Mark More than 1 year ago
Keeneland Krapper Foolish. After the race when drf posts the article about the race i expect to see you eat ur humble pie.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
If Pat says he's ready, believe it.