11/23/2016 4:28PM

Take Charge Indy sold to stand in South Korea

Barbara D. Livingston
Take Charge Indy has been sold to the Korea Racing Authority and will stand in South Korea next year.

Take Charge Indy, who stood at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., his first three seasons at stud, has been purchased by the Korea Racing Authority and will stand in South Korea in 2017. Take Charge Indy had been scheduled to stand at WinStar for a fee of $15,000 for 2017. He stood for $17,500 in 2016.

“Selling Take Charge Indy was one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make in my time as a syndicate manager,” WinStar president and CEO Elliott Walden said. “But, ultimately, we have to blend the passion we have for our horses with business principles for our shareholders. Sometimes, difficult decisions like this arise for that philosophy.

“The KRA has had strong interest in the horse, and they simply made an offer that was too good to turn down. Take Charge Indy is a great-looking son of A.P. Indy, and he’s been given a terrific shot, with three large WinStar crops in the pipeline. We wish the KRA the best of luck with him, and the good news is we have the option to bring him back to America in the future.”

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By leading sire A.P. Indy out of the Grade 1-winning racemare and Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady, by Dehere, Take Charge Indy won the 2012 Florida Derby in a career that saw him win 3 of 14 starts and earn $1,103,496. He also won the Grade 2 Alysheba at Churchill at age 4 while trained by Patrick Byrne and campaigned by WinStar and Chuck and Maribeth Sandford. Bred in Kentucky by Eaton Sales, he was an $80,000 buyback as a Keeneland September yearling before being sold privately.

According to WinStar, Take Charge Indy had been bred to an average of 133 mares per year.

Take Charge Indy, now 7, will stand at Jeju Stud Farm in South Korea. The sale includes an option for WinStar to buy back the stallion.