07/28/2013 3:49PM

Monmouth Park: Pants On Fire wins Monmouth Cup; Take Charge Indy injured

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Pants on Fire and jockey Paco Lopez win the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup by 1 3/4 lengths Sunday.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Pants On Fire pulled a 7-1 upset in the Grade 2, $203,000 Monmouth Cup after odds-on favorite Take Charge Indy was pulled up entering the final turn.

Take Charge Indy appeared well in control of the 1 1/16-mile race formerly known as The Meadowlands Cup. He was cruising on the lead when the injury occurred.

Gary Stevens quickly pulled up the winner of last year’s Grade 1 Florida Derby, and the 4-year-old colt was vanned back to the barn area with a left-front condylar fracture that will require surgery.

“I was having the ride of my life, just having a ball, just cruising, figuring how far I wanted to win by,” Stevens said. “I heard a loud pop at the half-mile pole. He tried to go on, but then he helped me get himself pulled up, a very intelligent horse.”

The dominant winner of the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard, Take Charge Indy was trying to bounce back from an inexplicably poor effort in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap last month at Churchill Downs. Everyone, including trainer Patrick Byrne, expected a bounce-back effort from the 7-10 favorite.

But when Take Charge Indy was pulled up, the Monmouth Cup was stunningly up for grabs. Pants On Fire pounced on the opportunity to secure his first graded stakes win since the Grade 3 Pegasus here in 2011.

Pants On Fire beat Hymn Book by 1 3/4 lengths, with Ponzi Scheme third. Paco Lopez was aboard for his fourth win on the afternoon.

Pants On Fire paid $16.20 to win. The time was 1:45.86. Norman Asbjornson was fourth, followed by Small Town Talk and Big Sur.

– additional reporting by David Grening

Gary Flynn More than 1 year ago
What's weird to me is that take charge Indy seemed to pull up almost exactly where it's luckyday pulled up in his prior race.
Ivette Pitre More than 1 year ago
What is up with Gary Stevens.... he rode ITSMYLUCKYDAY ,OXBOW and TAKE CHARGE INDY and they all came out hurt?
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
Didn't Mike Smith ride Itsmyluckyday? I think he did
Ivette Pitre More than 1 year ago
Yes he did ride itsmyluckyday and he came out hurt too in one of the earlier stake races. Yesterday he rode Take Charge Indy and Oxbow and they both came out hurt as well.
Judy Fraizer More than 1 year ago
How is that supposed to be Gary's fault? He was cruising on both horses, Indy was going on his own, and Oxbow WANTED the lead and was very headstrong. Put the blame elsewhere, it won't fit on Gary's shoulders.
Ivette Pitre More than 1 year ago
Whatever the reason is that the horses are getting hurt when he rides them its a fact whether it coincidence or something else happened we don't know we weren't there so i'm not blaming him its just weird that 3 horses he rides they got hurt that's simply what i'm saying read what i said carefully plzzz!!
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
bad luck is all.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
not once gary stevens rode itsmyluckyday
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could someone please ask J Rose why he took his horse into the parking lot during the race? For the life of me, I can't understand why from where he was sitting he chose to swing Norm A sooooo wide??? I'm open to any reasonable answer Brutus
Jack More than 1 year ago
Maybe he forgots to eat his spinach... A-gah-gah-gah-gah- Popeye
Thao Pham More than 1 year ago
was banking on him to win derby but failed..now this happen.
Thao Pham More than 1 year ago
cross in breeding is the result of weaker bone structure..
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
Wow..G Stevens on two injured horses on the same day.....weird.
Jeremy Bayness More than 1 year ago
Update on Indy on his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TakeChargeIndy1
Jeremy Bayness More than 1 year ago
http://www.facebook.com/TakeChargeIndy1
aelafave More than 1 year ago
Take Charge Indy is a flawlessly bred horse who has proven himself well. He clearly doesn't owe anyone anything.
Lou Farley More than 1 year ago
Thank God he got him stopped in time. Hopefully he will make a full recovery.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
hopefully he makes a full recovery
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Looks hopeful that he'll be fine as a Stallion.