04/01/2012 1:03PM

Take Charge Indy, Union Rags, El Padrino heading to Kentucky Derby

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Elizabeth Macy
Take Charge Indy, winner of the Florida Derby, will make his next start in the Kentucky Derby.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Take Charge Indy, Union Rags, and El Padrino all emerged from Saturday’s Florida Derby in good shape, their respective trainers said Sunday morning, and all will be pointed to the May 5 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Patrick Byrne, trainer of Take Charge Indy, said the Florida Derby winner “looks fresh this morning.”

“He cooled out really quick last night,” Byrne said.

Byrne said Take Charge Indy would leave for Churchill Downs by van April 11, arriving on April 12, and would not have a workout until he gets to Kentucky.

“He’ll probably just work once or twice” prior to the Derby, Byrne said. “He doesn’t need a lot of training.”

Union Rags, who was a troubled third in the Florida Derby, will remain in Florida for at least two weeks, and perhaps longer, depending on the weather in Kentucky, trainer Michael Matz said here at the Palm Meadows training center.

Matz said Union Rags was fine after his eventful trip in the Florida Derby, in which he was boxed in for much of the race. He said jockey Julien Leparoux likely learned a lot about Union Rags in the race, and Matz said he had no problems with the tactics employed by jockey Javier Castellano – the former rider of Union Rags – aboard El Padrino.

“Javier was doing his job, race riding,” Matz said. “He knew [Union Rags] was the horse to beat. I’m sure Julien would have done the same thing if he was in his shoes.

“Hopefully, Julien learned a lot from it. That part of it is good. The rest was disappointing. He wasn’t able to run until he got to the eighth pole.”

Matz said the re-shoeing incident with Union Rags prior to the race was a non-factor. Union Rags had his right rear shoe become askew while saddling, and it was quickly affixed.

“It was just one nail,” Matz said.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said El Padrino, who finished fourth, “seems in good shape this morning.”

“He ran 68 feet further than the winner, according to Trakus, which is about 20 yards,” Pletcher said. “I’d be inclined to go to the Kentucky Derby, based on his body of work.”

Pletcher worked Gemologist on Sunday morning in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial on Saturday at Aqueduct. Gemologist, working under exercise rider Hector Ramos while outside of stablemate R King of the Road, was timed in 1:00.48 for five furlongs. He leaves Wednesday for New York.

“I thought he went really well, in hand,” Pletcher said. “He finished up well and galloped out strongly.”

Also before the renovation break, Pletcher worked Stat, who is scheduled to run in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 14. With exercise rider Norman Bush up, Stat was timed in 48.93 seconds for a half-mile.

bennett marsh More than 1 year ago
As soon as the time for 6 furlongs came up on screen, I was certain my hunch bet on Take Charge Indy was going to payoff. He is a finely-trained, finely-bred horse, that can't be allowed to cruise along for 6 furlongs, and then come back to the laggards.
Nick Gunritz More than 1 year ago
I was going to make the same comment, but I couldn't have said it better.
James Mcrae More than 1 year ago
laparoux,went for a nap and let himself get caught boxed in on the rail while the winner was cruiseing on the front on a speed biased track it cost union a nd his owners hope he gets a good nights sleep before the derby
Tom Karpinski More than 1 year ago
YOU CAN'T RIDE TWO HORES IN A RACE THE ONE YOUR ACTULALY ON FOR 7/8 OF A MILE TRYING TO DEFEAT THE ONE YOUR NOT RIDING. YOU ARE THE LEADING RIDER OF THE CURRENT MEET. BUT LOOK WHO IS YOUR FATHER IN LAW. SO MAYBE NOT THAT SMART.
Nick Gunritz More than 1 year ago
I was going to make the same comment, but I couldn't have said it better.
Tom Karpinski More than 1 year ago
THE GODFATHER REALLY DID NOT LOOK HIS BEST IN THE POST PARADE. BETTER PUT ON SOME POUNDS. AND MOST OF ALL ADD THE BLINKERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS TOMKARPINSKISR@GMAIL.COM
Panama Stallion More than 1 year ago
He´ll get in with Gemologist. Discreet Dancer will be an Uncle Mo/Quality Road type of horse. Good for a mile to 9 furlongs max. Still a very good horse. El Padrino 3rd best in that group of his.
James More than 1 year ago
El Padrino may not get in. Shocker in LA Derby
Lawrence More than 1 year ago
Yep. He's 18th on the earnings list. Not looking good for him
Nick Gunritz More than 1 year ago
You do know that Hero of Order is not nominated.
Secretariat More than 1 year ago
Hey , Today you win , next month I win, the public has no clue and we reap the benefits .
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
Listen,this loss means nothing,pace makes the race,not jl,s fault.remember real quiet losing to lndian charlie in a paceless santa anita derby,or monarchos losing to congaree in a paceless wood. Main objective is first sat in may and matz has rags on target
Thomas More than 1 year ago
tell todd p to hang it up..his runner's stink this year