07/29/2013 2:55PM

Take Charge Indy retired due to injury, to stand at WinStar Farm

Barbara D. Livingston
Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy will begin his stud career at WinStar Farm in 2014.

Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy has been retired after suffering a left-front condylar fracture during the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park, and will stand the 2014 breeding season at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky.

The 4-year-old son of A.P. Indy held a comfortable lead going down the backstretch in the Monmouth Cup, then was suddenly pulled up by jockey Gary Stevens and carefully piloted to the outside as the rest of the field passed by.

"I was on the lead with a big smile on my face,” Stevens said about his position prior to the injury. “He was cruising. The only question was how much would he win by.”

Take Charge Indy was vanned off the track and sent to Hogan Equine in Cream Ridge, N.J. for surgery. The 30-minute procedure was performed by Dr. Patty Hogan, VMD.

"It's unbelievable how classy this horse is," Hogan said. "The surgery went very well. He's a super patient."

Take Charge Indy retired with three wins from 14 career races for earnings of $1,103,496. His biggest wins came in last year’s Grade 1 Florida Derby and the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes earlier this year.

Chuck and Maribeth Sandford campaigned Take Charge Indy during his racing career, and the colt was trained by Patrick Byrne. WinStar Farm acquired the breeding rights to Take Charge Indy last summer, along with an ownership interest.

Bred in Kentucky by Eaton Sales, Take Charge Indy is out of the multiple Grade 1-winning Dehere mare Take Charge Lady. She has produced four winners from five foals to race, including Will Take Charge, who finished second in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes on Saturday.

"We purchased Take Charge Indy because of his gene pool,” said Elliott Walden, president and CEO of WinStar Farm. “Considering he might be the last great son of A.P. Indy, his mother winning three Grade 1s, and he being a Grade 1 winner as well, we feel he has a tremendous chance at stud. When I first went to see him, I thought I was looking at A.P. Indy himself."


Richard Berry More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of horses that is breeding today that's why we have no triple crown winners. People are wanting to breed to winners instead of soundness keep what you have stop breeding to a winner breed back into your own blood lines hello. Best A P Indy son that's a big order that will be hard to fill.
redboy More than 1 year ago
I bet you a couple of times and i paid for it ,No hard feelings glad to see your going to be okay .Enjoy those lazy days and your fair share of mares, R.B
Rob Tuel More than 1 year ago
Off to the breeding shed....A horse that suffered injuries at age 3 and 4....Not sure he is the type of horse that I would be too excited about having as a new sire.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
At least he lives to stand.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
I'd love to compare you to your peers in your field of work and see what I come up with.
Perl More than 1 year ago
He was 3-for-14 lifetime, Mark. You haven't taken a nutty about Verrazano in a solid 8 minutes, which means you're needed back on that thread. Now run along.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Let's be honest about Take Charge Indy. I hope he's ok and all but he was totally gutless as a race horse. Any time another horse stared him in the eye on the front end, he wilted like a flower. Anyway, it's off to the breeding shed where I would recommend you pair him with tenacious mares who will pass along some guts to his offspring, while TCI can pass along his royal blood lines and good cruising speed.
sharjil More than 1 year ago
Thats a little unfair. Even though i do agree, he needs mares unlike himself, but that i mean in regards to physical durability. Dont forget that the horse who is a front runner for HOY at this point of time, Dude, also has the same issue as TCI. High cruising speed, and no fight. Its just a style of running, not a matter of guts. These horses start working right off the gate, unlike some who only work the last half mile.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
People seem to completely disregard the fact that these stallions breed to unproven horses and even horses without a single race. Bloodlines only go so far and then it's destiny just like humans.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Are you comparing Game On Dude to TCI? Game on Dude has plenty of fight. TCI was 3-for-14 bro.
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
No i wasnt comparing them generally, i was just talking about their running styles. But if you want to compare them, then lets do it. TCI made more money and name than Dude did until his early 4 year old.
Perl More than 1 year ago
You said Dude has no fight. It's a ridiculous/wrong statement.
Jim More than 1 year ago
Well said. Beats up on Triple A competition but whiffs against Major Leaguers
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
I'd love to compare you to your peers in your field of work and see what I come up with.
Perl More than 1 year ago
You don't know me from adam. Let's keep the focus on the horses and stop resorting to childish insults, whoever you are.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Stevens had a bad day.He did the right thing and did it fast.Other jocks might have pushed the horse and broke him down costing him his life.Guess the saying strong as a horse has no meaning with todays horses.What happened to thestock that ran twicw a month in the 60s,and 70s.
sharjil More than 1 year ago
No we can still use the term, strong as a horse..... for example, as black as snow flake
John Byrne More than 1 year ago
On behalf of all the Patrick Byrne Racing Staff we would like to sincerely thank Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens for doing an awesome job taking care of T C I ,( let's hope the up and coming riders were paying attention to how a horseman and professional does it right ). Also like to thank the Monmouth Park officials , State vets along with the attending vets and their team for their prompt efforts and professionalism in expeditiously attending to T C I moments after the incident. A special thanks to Dr. Patty Hogan and her team for doing an outstanding job on his surgery. We will miss you around the barn but look forward to seeing you in your new " SUITE" at WinStar.
sharjil More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry for your loss. He is a beautiful animal. I hope he produces some good progeny that we can all enjoy watching.
nicholas More than 1 year ago
Stevens is a pro's pro---kudos to him for how he protected take charge indy and oxbow--
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Thank God Gary Stevens is the ultimate professional and horseman or we might have lost one of the most famous colts racing today. He's had his issues so now you Take Charge Indy, and make more winners, do your famous daddy proud. You earned it!