10/17/2013 3:16PM

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

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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.

Karen L. Gogue More than 1 year ago
Yeah, let's all pretend. That's what happens when one wears blinkers, cotton in the ears, and a muzzle - see no evil, speak no evil, and hear no evil ... never get the 'monkeys' off the back that way. As the fourth monkey (the WISE one) says DO NO EVIL!! Lets take the sport back to what it once was! Well, cleaner than it is now anyway!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to post a.comment a couple.days ago and the Lords at DRF decided not to allow it, so I will try again: Where are the Stewards, or the Racing Secretary, or ANYONE ELSE who might be able to care for the welfare of the racehorse? Why didn't someone look at this horse and say "No, this horse doesn't belong in a Grade I race? If he is going to race it will be in a NW1 or NW2? 4th in a grade 2 how many months ago, (his only graded attempt) then into a grade I? Nonsense. Then, just maybe, owner might have come to his senses and realized this horse didn't belong on the racetrack. It wasn't JUST Mr. Baffert who failed this horse(although his action was the most aggregious), it was the whole system.
Ben van den Brink More than 1 year ago
Put the horse first, and not the invested amount of money.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
It's a shame to read all the negative comments by the same people over and over, perhaps it's time to move on to another sport and quit paying so much attention to a sport that seems to have soured to the same naysayers that constantly have only negative comments about the Sport Of Kings. Find another sport if this one is so bad that you can't find enjoyment in it anymore.
Greg Jones More than 1 year ago
Forego, So let's not point out what is wrong with the sport hoping it might help other horses down the road? Let's all just pretend that there are no flaws in horse racing and move on? Let's all pretend Baffert had seven horses die unexplained deaths? Let's all pretend Take Control was just fine and all that happened was that he took a misstep? Let's pretend that horses aren't dumped at auction's that will be slaughtered? Sorry, without pointing out the flaws in the sport then nothing will change to stop them from happening down the road and the status quo will always be acceptable. If that is how you want it, that is your right, but I live in a world where people NEED to speak up about what is wrong in order for the proper changes to be made to fix those problems. Have a good day...
Greg Jones More than 1 year ago
So let's not point out what is wrong with the sport hoping it might help other horses down the road? Let's all just pretend that there are no flaws in horse racing and move on? Let's all pretend Baffert had seven horses die unexplained deaths? Let's all pretend Take Control was just fine and all that happened was that he took a misstep? Let's pretend that horses aren't dumped at auction's that will be slaughtered? Sorry, without pointing out the flaws in the sport then nothing will change to stop them from happening down the road and the status quo will always be acceptable. If that is how you want it, that is your right, but I live in a world where people NEED to speak up about what is wrong in order for the proper changes to be made to fix those problems. Have a good day...
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Good to see for these kind of stories from DRF we don't have to pay to read, stories that bash horse racing are not good for the game and doesn't DRF think that they are shooting themselves in the foot with these articles.
Ben van den Brink More than 1 year ago
He got two shin surgeries according to an article by the bloodhorse
Ben van den Brink More than 1 year ago
How to make money out of an unsound horse? Ask his high profile trainer. In this case the horse let his life on the track, for the dollars. Every one knows that there are an very limited starts or trainings outings left in the horse after that kind of surgeries.
Kendra Mcallister More than 1 year ago
a person owning race horses ought to know if you want to make money the racehorse business isnt the place. most times its the other way around ;) especially with an unsound horse. and baffert knew there is no way on GODS great earth he didnt know this horse wasnt right. he is just playing the part. if baffert or any HIGH PROFILE trainer says block that horse the vet says when and where! he knew! thats ok with stories like this he is ruining his reputation and making himself out to be a butcher...
Matthew Martini More than 1 year ago
4 starts since 2009. $70K in earnings. Infirmities that required surgery and layoffs of 913 days and 427 days. He finished last in his only 2013 start and was being pointed toward the Breeders' Cup? Really? The questions that people have on this issue are warranted, just as in the case of Tweebster earlier this year (same connections, incidentally). Maybe this is only news because of the trainer, but there seems to have been much wrong with this son of Azeri. Maybe he was not made for the track, despite the famous pedigree. Maybe the sport should have done better for him. I don't know, but it does raise eyebrows. Frankly, it should. If top owners/trainers are not managing their horses with the best interest of the health of the horses, but are simply pursuing the almighty dollar, it is hard to defend the sport from its detractors, even among those who love it. I don't know if that is the case here, but this story stings.
Lynne Veitch More than 1 year ago
I couldn't agree more. & to choose a grade 1 race for his return was ridiculous as well. Very sorry for this blueblood horse. He fared as poorly as the cheapest of claimers at the lowest level tracks.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
I did not make a comment that was (moderated)but i think if the internet can let really ignorant asinine (did i spell it right ?) statements ,drf should let the public decide what is fact,fiction,malicious.and respond .agree or not.sometimes the truth hurts.this needs to be adressed .if not here the picketers outside the track will.we would not be on this site if we did not care what the ramifications of this incident are..sometimes where there is smoke ,there is fire.sometimetimes if it walks like a duck ,quacks like a duck ..this could be a bad coincidence but it should be discussed.
nick More than 1 year ago
No, you didn't.
Matthew Weaver More than 1 year ago
There is no question that in this case you had a unsound horse who had multiple surgeries being kept in training. Not only that but the horse was placed in a high profile graded stakes race off a year and a half layoff. These horses give their all and to throw this horse in the deepest part of the pool after such a long layoff and after multiple surgeries its no wonder the horse drowned. I will not judge Baffert's whole career but i will say in this case the horse was grossly mismanaged. If the horse was deemed sound to race, he should have been allowed to run in an allowance race with more class relief. It is obvious that this horse was forced along to try and make the Breeder's Cup and to try and get some Black type for a potential Stud career. Very poor decision making and very dissappointing.
Longdogpound More than 1 year ago
Well said..
Bob Fritz More than 1 year ago
Anybody who would be thinking stud career for a horse that ran four times and had multiple shin surgeries is crazy. That's exactly why the breed is having so many problems nowadays.