05/06/2012 11:49AM

Kentucky Derby 2012: Take Charge Indy to have surgery for chip in ankle, will miss summer races

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Tom Keyser
Take Charge Indy will have surgery this week to remove a chip from his left front ankle.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy came out of his 19th-place finish in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby with a chip in his left front ankle and will miss the major summer races, trainer Pat Byrne said Sunday morning.

Byrne said Take Charge Indy would undergo surgery early this week to have the chip removed. After 60 days of inactivity, Take Charge Indy will resume training, and Byrne hopes to get the horse back for a fall campaign.

“We’d love to make the Breeders’ Cup Classic with him,” Byrne said Sunday morning. “We’ll have to get a prep into him end of September, early October. Main thing is we have an excellent prognosis with him, and we hope to be back in the fall.”

Byrne said that Take Charge Indy would have the surgery performed at the Woodford Equine Hospital in Versailles, and then do his layup time at nearby Fairlawn Farm, operated by Dr. Bill Baker.

Byrne said he hoped to have Take Charge Indy back under tack in July.

Though jockey Calvin Borel thought Take Charge Indy may have bled during the Derby, Byrne said an endoscopic examination indicated that he did not.

“Looking at the race, he was going so easy down the backside, Calvin had a great position and at the three-eighths pole his head came up and he said he switched leads on him,” Byrne said.

Take Charge Indy was one of several horses based in south Florida this winter that did not fare well in the Derby. Though Dullahan and Went the Day Well finished third and fourth, respectively, Union Rags (seventh), Hansen (ninth), Alpha (12th), El Padrino (13th), Gemologist (16th), Trinniberg (17th), and Prospective (18th) were extremely disappointing.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said Gemologist, who entered the Derby 5 for 5 including a victory in the Wood Memorial, was going to spend a week at WinStar Farm in Lexington, before rejoining him at Belmont Park. El Padrino, the Risen Star winner, was flown to Belmont on Sunday. Neither is under consideration for the Preakness, but Pletcher said the Belmont Stakes on June 9 is possible for either or both.

“Both horses seemed to come back in good order, no physical excuses,” Pletcher said. “They both had totally opposite trips. Gemologist broke great, he was first out of the gate, he put himself in position. He may have been a touch rank before he got settled, but he turned loose of the bridle pretty early. El Padrino broke horribly and tried to make steady progress, but couldn’t make an impact.”

Alpha, the Wood Memorial runner-up also was flown back to New York on Sunday. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he felt his horse “melted in front of our eyes” in the paddock due to the heat and large crowd.

McLaughlin said jockey Rajiv Maragh told him he liked the trip Alpha was getting early on in the race, but “down the backside he felt like he never fired and was one-paced.”

McLaughlin said Alpha would not go on to the Preakness, but is possible for the Belmont Stakes.

Shivananda Parbhoo, owner of Trinniberg, said his horse “couldn’t get the distance.” He was to van back to Calder on Monday and will prepare for the Grade 2 Woody Stephens, a seven-furlong race on the Belmont Stakes undercard.

Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
DRF Mods, Don't you think it's time to have Wayne Trout removed ? I have had post removed before, and they were not even close to being this offensive. The person has made some terrible and disturbing comments about Patrick Byrne, and his wife, and also Calvin Borel. Yes everyone is entitled to their opinion as long as it's done in a professional way.
Suzanne Thomas More than 1 year ago
Please, please, ban this blowhard. We would like to have respectful discussions on this board, not hate speech.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Race fans... It was just made known to me this "Wayne Trout" may truly be a minor. I don't know how kids can get in here. Crist, you need some kind of firewall gizmo or something to protect your readers. Readers BE AWARE. Good Luck to Indy and to all "but"!!!
Wayne Trout More than 1 year ago
I think the only thing that has been made known during this blog is that you are an idiot. I did say some things that were meant to be takin as a joke but became offensive to moronic people like you and that is your problem. You have become the joke and I could not have come up with a bigger joke than you. Mr. Crist I am not a minor I was just playing this fool for what he or she is.
Wayne Trout More than 1 year ago
Write whatever you want now shad row cause i'm done playing
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
So this was meant to be a joke ? "Any trainer that puts a washed up jockey on an unsound horse and causes many people to lose a lot of money in this race does not make him as good as they come in my opinion mcjerk" If you man enough, you own an apology to Patrick Byrne and his family and also Calvin Borel.
Wayne Trout More than 1 year ago
What is the problem with reading what is written? I wrote SOME of the things I wrote not EVERYTHING I wrote was a joke and until China over runs the US and takes away my right to my opinion the word freedom allows me and jerks like me, you, and Chad to have an opinion because that is all it is and if you are offended by that....tough. I will read no more from you or Chad until you tell me you're sorry you pair of buttholes.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
And I quote; "an unsound horse" . Thanks Rodney for lookin' back at this. Rodney, if he said this to any Horsemans' face he'd be flattened. It's out there waiting for him. What goes around - comes around. Good luck to "all but."
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Hey - Big Mouth Bass - You big fella huh? When your Daddy finds out you been making ugly statements on his puter, you gonna get ... it.
Wayne Trout More than 1 year ago
Not only are you reading impaired but spelling impaired also? Wow what a combo. I have learned more better English in my 10th year of high school this year than they must teach you on the backside.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
So you're the fat kid that got fired because you're scared of horses. That fits. I'll look in on you at morning rounds tomorrow, Now you stay out of Daddy's old playboys.
Wayne Trout More than 1 year ago
Morning rounds? I am from PA where manure is used for fertilizer not food for thought.
Wayne Trout More than 1 year ago
Ha Ha Ha good one Wayne. Can I friend you on FB. So long Backslider.
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
Who goes to High School for 10 years ? LOL I think that sums it all up.
Wayne Trout More than 1 year ago
I thought you might pick up on the more better too Rodney so 1 outta 2 gets little respect from me Rodney and that's all you want right? I mean besides holding Shad's hand.
raymond More than 1 year ago
Hindsight is always 20/20. But I will say that Parboo did the right thing in sending Trinniberg to the Ky. Derby. After all it was a sub-par field and a loose on the lead runner could have won it all. The one to watch on the comeback is Done Talking. As for any of the the runners making a big impact during the summer and fall, don't hold your breath. Just take a look back and you will see that these 3yr olds have been swapping headlines since early in the year. Good luck to all and to all a good day.
wildcatdada More than 1 year ago
I just read that Dr. Hansen has already decided that he is going to run his horse in the Preakness. How about waiting to see how the horse comes out of the race before determining the plan? I'm flabbergasted by the impulsiveness of the decision and personally think it's insane to run such a lightly framed speed horse three times over a five week stretch. The horse is brilliant when racing at a reasonable distance (a mile and 1/16 or a mile) and when allowed to race on a proper schedule, which includes adequate rest time. This decision to place the horse in such an obvious position for failure is foolish, disrespectful and bordering on animal cruelty.
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
wildcatdada, Did you party with the I'll have another connection ? I'm seeing doubles on your post. LOL
wildcatdada More than 1 year ago
I just read that Dr. Hansen has already decided that he is going to run his horse in the Preakness. How about waiting to see how the horse comes out of the race before determining the plan? I'm flabbergasted by the impulsiveness of the decision and personally think it's insane to run such a lightly framed speed horse three times over a five week stretch. The horse is brilliant when racing at a reasonable distance (a mile and 1/16 or a mile) and when allowed to race on a proper schedule, which includes adequate rest time. This decision to place the horse in such an obvious position for failure is foolish, disrespectful and bordering on animal cruelty.
MoneyMarcus More than 1 year ago
great race. Best of fortunes for those who continue to the Preakness and the new challengers. I really cannot see 90% of the horses going on to the Preakness. Hierro could be the 2nd or 3rd best 3 year old and by the end of the year or he could be tops if he continues to improve, however that does not mean he is ready for a race like the Preakness right now. The trainer will know and if he's in, he can win. Lumberjack is a runner, Stirred Up may have issues with his ball sack but you don't want to geld unless you have no other options.
MoneyMarcus More than 1 year ago
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chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Pat Byrne is as good as they come. We gotta start to move the young horses along more slowly.
Wayne Trout More than 1 year ago
Pat's wife has as good a chance at winning a Breeder's Cup race as TCI. I smell glue.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
You smell glue... you smell glue. I'd invite you to say that to Pat Byrne.
Wayne Trout More than 1 year ago
Any trainer that puts a washed up jockey on an unsound horse and causes many people to lose a lot of money in this race does not make him as good as they come in my opinion mcjerk
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I'd invite you to say that to Pat or to any horseman who just had one come up with an injury. Say what you want about me. To dis Indy, his Trainer and Trainers' family? Only one word for that... low.
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
I normally don't like to respond to low life internet tough guys who hide behind their computer, but Wayne you are so off base about Pat Byrne. This man is an outstanding trainer and an outstanding person. Just because you made a bet and lost, life does go on. If you can't afford to lose a bet, don't bet on horse racing. Grow up and if your man enough make an apology to Pat Byrne.
Babette Cade More than 1 year ago
How do you come by your assessment of the horse and jockey?
Wayne Trout More than 1 year ago
Why do I need an invite? I've already wrote it to anyone that cares to read it glue sniffer.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Yeah, you got me with that one. Now come out of your closet Trout? More like big mouth bass. Take it to the bar outside the Stablegate. The one that's filled with racetrackers. Shoot your mouth there. So you lost some money? You need some cabfare to get home. You blew the rent check? You need some cash? Go out to Bath Ave. Plenty of guys there ready to help you. Don't blame an injured horse because you are a loser. Check your own bloodline maybe. Now that's it. Eat it.
Wayne Trout More than 1 year ago
Hey boys Chad and Rod I am 6'3 and weigh 295 lbs so there is not much I need to hide behind or from and that includes you 2, Pat and Jill, the horse, the stable boys etc. And if you reading impaired type people would read my message again I make no mention that I lost any money in the race on TCI because I didn't but by the odds many did. I through him out for many reasons that I need not explain to those in love with Pat Byrne
BrassMonkyBalls More than 1 year ago
Shivananda Parbhoo, owner of Trinniberg, said his horse “couldn’t get the distance.” Ya think?
Lori Schwartz More than 1 year ago
That has to be the understatement of the year!
superdog More than 1 year ago
Trinniberg, never should have been in the race. A true sprinter. Go figure.
mrm More than 1 year ago
The MAIN reason why Bodie lost.
Scott Benson More than 1 year ago
Why is Trinniberg, who is a notch below, being named for having anything to do with the outcome of that race? He certainly wasn't even fastest enough to keep up with Bodemeister, maybe a tick here or a tick there makes up that 1 1/2 lengths but it was still a monster race for Bodemeister with no other excuse and no one else to blame.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah, I'm not buying that Bodemeister lost because of that. He finished off Trinniberg, and was well on his way, but he's simply not 10f-quality. 9f, certainly. He's like a Bertrando, who dared anyone and everyone to try and keep up with him, and most of the time no one could. Bodemeister wants the lead, and more power to him, but it wasn't going to work in an unusually competitive crop of 3yo colts.