Shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday morning at Palm Meadows, Florida Derby (G1) winner Take Charge Indy worked an easy five furlongs in company in 1:01.47.
It was Take Charge Indy’s first work since his one-length victory in the March 31 Florida Derby under jockey Calvin Borel. According to Daily Racing Form columnist and clocker Mike Welsch. Take Charge Indy worked in company with Transplendent, a maiden from the barn of John Kimmel.
“The horse is ready, the horse is fit,” said Byrne in a Gulfstream Park press release. “He’ll have one more work (at Palm Meadows) next week, but he won’t have any company. I’m going to do something next week just to do something.
“I’ve never been one to beat up on a horse. He’s fit, now it’s in the hands of the racing Gods. He’ll clip off 12’s like that all day. I told the rider not to do too much and he didn’t take a deep breath.”
Take Charge Indy, a Kentucky-bred son of A.P. Indy owend by Chuck and Maribeth Sandford, is scheduled to leave Palm Meadows May 1 for Churchill Downs and the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Byrne has little doubt Take Charge Indy will get the Derby’s 1 ¼ mile distance.
“He’ll get the 1 ¼ mile off his pedigree and ability,” he said. “It’s a wide-open Derby. I love the timing of the five weeks (between the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby). Calvin’s very confident…he’s got a lot of confidence in the horse. He said he had plenty left after the (Florida) Derby.
“I think if you talk to seven or eight trainers they would say they wouldn’t trade places with anyone in the Derby. And I wouldn’t, either.”
Gulfstream Park Publicity contributed to this report.
Take Charge Indy/Coglianese photo