01/24/2012 5:14PM

Palm Meadows: Take Charge Indy nearing return

Barbara D. Livingston
Take Charge Indy ran sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - The only horse to work five furlongs faster than Union Rags here at Palm Meadows on Tuesday was Take Charge Indy, a 3-year-old colt who went five furlongs in 59.78 seconds, pulling away late from a workmate.

Take Charge Indy, a son of Grade 1 winners A.P. Indy and Take Charge Lady, has not run since finishing sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

"He's pretty close to a race. Not quite sure what we're going to do with him as of yet," trainer Pat Byrne said. "Obviously, we're excited with the way he worked this morning. The work was a little quicker than I'd like, but he did it within himself. He's a good colt. We're getting the Breeders' Cup behind us."

Take Charge Indy won his debut at Arlington, finished second in the Arlington-Washington Futurity and fourth in the Breeders' Futurity before the BC Juvenile. Byrne felt his colt was compromised in the Juvenile by being stuck down on the rail for a good part of the trip.

Byrne is hoping Take Charge Indy can put himself on the Derby trail this year.
"He's put on some weight, we're kind of looking for something to get him started," Byrne said.