10/17/2013 3:16PM

Santa Anita: Take Control, son of A.P. Indy and Azeri, euthanized

Benoit & Associates
Take Control broke down in his right foreleg during a work on Thursday.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Take Control, a 6-year-old horse by A.P. Indy out of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, was euthanized after suffering a catastrophic leg injury to his right foreleg in a workout at Santa Anita on Thursday.

Take Control was working in company near the quarter pole when he broke down and fell. Jockey Martin Garcia was unseated, falling clear of Take Control. Garcia remained on the ground but walked off the track under his own power. The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m.

Owned by Kaleem Shah and trained by Bob Baffert, Take Control won 2 of 4 starts and $70,470. A 6-year-old, he beat maidens in his debut in December 2009, but did not start again until June 2012, winning an optional claimer. A month later, Take Control finished fourth in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap.

In his only start this year, Take Control finished last of 10 in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes. Take Control went through the sales ring twice. He was listed as a buyback when he went through the ring for $7.7 million at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale. He was bought by Kaleem Shah for $1.9 million at the 2009 April 2-year-olds in training sale at Keeneland.

In a text message, Baffert described the loss of Take Control as “a very sad day in the barn.” He said he was relieved that Garcia was not injured.