Grade I winner Take Charge Indy retired to WinStar Farm

Grade I winner and millionaire Take Charge Indy was retired from racing Monday after undergoing surgery to repair his left foreleg resulting from an injury sustained in Sunday’s Grade II Monmouth Cup at Monmouth Park. The son of A.P. Indy will stand at WinStar Farm for the 2014 breeding season.
“I was on the lead with a big smile on my face. He was cruising. The only question was how much would he win by,” said Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.
Immediately after the race, the 4-year-old colt was shipped to nearby Hogan Equine. Dr. Patty Hogan successfully performed a 30-minute procedure on Take Charge Indy Monday morning. He has come out of the surgery in good condition.
“It’s unbelievable how classy this horse is,” said Dr. Hogan. “The surgery went very well. He’s a super patient.”
A graded stakes horse at 2, 3, and 4, Take Charge Indy broke his maiden by an impressive 6 1/2 lengths at Arlington Park in his 2-year-old debut. The dark bay colt became a leading Kentucky Derby contender when he led every point of call to defeat fellow Grade I winner Union Rags in last year’s Grade I Florida Derby by a length at Gulfstream Park. Following a 19th place finish in the 2012 Kentucky Derby, it was discovered that the colt suffered a left front ankle injury that required surgery in order to remove a chip.

Take Charge Indy returned at the end of 2012 and finished second against older horses in the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. He scored his lone win this year when he took the Grade II Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs by six lengths on May 3.

“We purchased Take Charge Indy because of his gene pool. Considering he might be the last great son of A.P. Indy, his mother winning three Grade 1′s, and he being a Grade 1 winner as well, we feel he has a tremendous chance at stud,” said WinStar Farm President & CEO Elliott Walden. “When I first went to see him, I thought I was looking at A.P. Indy himself.”
Take Charge Indy retires with three wins from 14 starts and $1,103,496 in earnings.
Out of three-time Grade I winner and millionaire Take Charge Lady, Take Charge Indy is a half brother to Grade II winner Will Take Charge, who ran second in the Grade II Jim Dandy Stakes this past Saturday. His stud fee will be announced at a later date.

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