08/07/2012 4:52PM

WinStar Farm acquires stallion rights to Take Charge Indy, who is back in training

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Barbara D. Livingston
Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy will stand at WinStar Farm when he is finished racing. He is currently training for a comeback with trainer Pat Byrne.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – WinStar Farm has bought the breeding rights to Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy and will stand him after his eventual retirement, the Kentucky farm announced Tuesday.

Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy and multiple Grade 1 winner Take Charge Lady underwent surgery in May to remove a bone chip in his left front ankle but has resumed training with Pat Byrne after about 90 days off.

"He looks absolutely fantastic right now, and we’re thrilled to have him back at the barn," Byrne said in a statement issued with WinStar’s announcement. "Physically, he has filled out in all the right spots, and even [jockey] Calvin [Borel] was amazed when he saw him. We’re optimistic Take Charge Indy will have a strong end of the year."

Take Charge Indy won the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity at 2 before winning the Florida Derby. His race record stands at two wins and two seconds from seven starts, with earnings of $721,000.