Chuck and Maribeth Sandford's GI Florida Derby hero Take Charge Indy (A.P. Indy--Take Charge Lady, by Dehere) will stand at Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm upon completion of his racing career, it was announced Tuesday.
"When I looked at him I saw A.P. Indy, who is obviously one of the greatest sires of sires in the industry today," said Elliott Walden, WinStar President & CEO. "Stallion credentials don't get much stronger than being a Grade 1 winner, by a multiple Grade 1 winner like A.P. Indy, and out of a multiple Grade 1 winner. We're excited about Take Charge Indy's chances of successfully carrying out the A.P. Indy line at stud."
Take Charge Indy was a debut winner last summer before finishing second in the GIII Arlington-Washington Futurity and a close fourth in the GI Dixiana Breeders' Futurity. He was runner-up to subsequent GSW El Padrino (Pulpit) in a salty Gulfstream allowance ahead of his Florida Derby score, in which he defeated favored Union Rags (Dixie Union). Take Charge Indy was unplaced in the GI Kentucky Derby and was sidelined with an ankle injury and subsequent minor surgery. He has recently resumed training with Patrick Byrne with an eye on the second half of the season.
"Take Charge Indy is by far the best horse I've ever trained when you combine depth of pedigree and magnitude of talent," said Byrne, who has also trained champions Favorite Trick and Awesome Again. "At the end of the day, I believe he will be the best horse I've ever had, period. He looks absolutely fantastic right now, and we're thrilled to have him back at the barn," he added. "Physically, he has filled out in all the right spots, and even Calvin [Borel] was amazed when he saw him. We're optimistic Take Charge Indy will have a strong end of the year."