Take Charge Indy tops Skip Away
Updated: March 28, 2013, 11:53 PM ETBloodhorse
A year after Take Charge Indy left seven other 3-year-olds in his wake with a front-running score in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, he returns as one of the favorites in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes March 30. Trained by Patrick Byrne for WinStar Farm and Chuck and Maribeth Sandford, Take Charge Indy tallied a dramatic one-length victory in the Florida Derby at odds of 7-1, earning a spot in the Kentucky Derby. He was 19th in the Derby after getting away poorly along the inside, and he will be looking for his first win since the Florida Derby in the Skip Away. The 1 3/16-mile Skip Away, won last year by eventual Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned, has attracted a strong field of 10 as part of the Florida Derby undercard. It includes last year's Travers Stakes winner Golden Ticket, Pants On Fire, and the promising 4-year-old Cigar Street. The race is the 10th on the stakes-packed card with a 5:03 p.m. EDT scheduled post. "It's a pretty salty race for a Grade 3, but we're ready to go," Byrne said of Take Charge Indy. "He blew out [Sunday] in :36 and change and everything looks good. "Certainly, it will be special running on [Derby Day]," he added. "It was a great win for us. In fact, I enjoyed that win maybe most of all my wins because it was for really nice people and it was a special day, but we expected him to run well in there." Echoed co-owner Chuck Sandford: "As far as the excitement of last year, it was a lot of fun. That's the easiest way to put it. We enjoyed the repercussions and it got us to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill. Things didn't go quite as well as we wanted to there, but overall it was just a fantastic experience. Byrne, who trained 1997 Horse of the Year Favorite Trick and won the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic with Awesome Again, is expecting another good performance from Take Charge Indy in the Skip Away. After undergoing surgery to remove a bone chip in his left front ankle after the Kentucky Derby and missing more than five months, Take Charge Indy returned to finish third Oct. 12 in the Fayette and second Nov. 23 in the Clark Handicap. He was third in his 4-year-old debut at Gulfstream Feb. 9 in the Donn Handicap.
SKIP AWAY STAKES DRAW
|2||Where's the Baby|
|8||Take Charge Indy|
|10||Pants On Fire|