Gulfstream News & Notes
WinStar Takes Charge of ‘Indy’ for Donn Handicap
Trainer Patrick Byrne is looking forward to a Happy New Year, now that an agreement has been finalized to return Take Charge Indy to the races for the 2013 season.
WinStar Farm LLC, which recently purchased 100 percent of the 2012 Florida Derby (G1) winner’s breeding rights, will campaign the 4-year-old colt in partnership with Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC this season.
Take Charge Indy is scheduled to race in the colors of WinStar for the first time in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 9.
“It worked well for Patrick Byrne. Not having him in the barn would be a tough stall to fill. It’s a win-win, situation for everybody,” Byrne said. “We’re going to have a lot of fun with him this year. He’s doing everything we expect from him, so we’re looking forward to the Donn. Is he going to win it? Who knows? But he’ll run his race.”
Take Charge Indy, who is stabled at Palm Meadows Training Center, demonstrated an affinity for the Gulfstream Park racing surface last April while capturing the $1 million Florida Derby. His subsequent run in the Kentucky Derby (G1) was compromised by an injury that caused him to miss more than five months of racing. The son of A.P. Indy returned to finish third in the Lafayette (G2) at Keeneland and second behind Shackleford in the Clark Handicap (G1) at Churchill on Nov. 23.
“He’s doing fantastic,” Byrne said. “We had our second breeze the other day, just stretching his legs with a half in :49. He’ll have four more works, I guess, before the Donn.”
Byrne has been impressed with Take Charge Indy’s physical development.
“He’s picked up some good weight going into this 4-year-old year, and that’s what we like to see as horsemen from any 3-year-old going into his 4-year-old year,” Byrne said. “They always do well coming into Florida. They just seem to grow and develop for obvious reasons: the sun and everything.”
Byrne said no racing schedule has been set for his colt.
“I have no idea where he’ll run after the Donn,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re all just trying to make the Breeders’ Cup Classic at the end of the year.”
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For information and sponsorship opportunities on the golf tournament to be held Tuesday, Jan. 14 beginning at noon at the Diplomat Golf Resort, contact Susan Stofsky at 954.455.6672.
Gulfstream will host a Celebration of the Thoroughbred and Eclipse Award Cocktail Party on the evening of Jan. 18. On Jan. 19, Gulfstream will host the $1.3 million Florida Sunshine Millions followed by the 42nd Eclipse Awards.
For more information contact 954.454.7000.