Calvin Borel works Kentucky Derby contender Take Charge Indy at Churchill Downs. Rob Carr / Getty Images.

Kentucky Derby contender Take Charge Indy injured; undergoes surgery

Calvin Borel works Kentucky Derby contender Take Charge Indy at Churchill Downs. Rob Carr / Getty Images.
Calvin Borel works Kentucky Derby contender Take Charge Indy at Churchill Downs. Take Charge Indy was injured in the race and will undergo surgery this week. Rob Carr / Getty Images.

The Horse reports:

Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s Take Charge Indy will undergo surgery this week to remove a bone chip from his left front pastern, an injury he sustained during the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Trainer Pat Byrne said the injury is not career threatening and the colt could be back under tack in about 60 days.

The son of A.P. Indy was in a contending position, running fourth several lengths behind pacesetting Bodemeister through three-quarters of mile of the Derby.

When jockey Calvin Borel noticed the colt reacted to something, the pair slowed down and finished 19th in the field.

After the race, Take Charge Indy was examined and it was determined he did not bleed, but he began to show some problems with his left front leg when he returned to Byrne’s barn. X-rays taken the morning of May 6 revealed the chip.

The Blood-Horse reports that Went the Day Well and Prospective suffered cuts but are fine.

Steve Asmussen, who saddled Daddy Knows Best and Sabercat for the Kentucky Derby is the only trainer insofar as we can determine who would not comment on the condition of his horses following the race.

For more information, see “The Morning After: Plans for Derby Starters“, The Blood-Horse magazine.

4 thoughts on “Kentucky Derby contender Take Charge Indy injured; undergoes surgery”

  1. I watched the race. I saw a COUPLE of horses acting “ouchy” while they were being loaded in the chutes. Take Charge Indy was one of them. Just my opinion, but I believe this horse was injured before the race and they made him race anyway.

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    1. I just finished reading the post and this is not and injury but a breakdown of bones that are not finished growing. A couple more horses were injured as well.

      He is suppose to be fine and ready to race in 60 days….bullcrap!!

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      1. Actually it is 60 days of downtime meaning no exercise or racing and after that a pre-race for the Breeders Cup as they are looking at racing him then which is in November. I doubt he will race in 60 days but they will likely start to exercise him to gauge his recovery. .A pre-race wouldn’t be for several months, not just 2.

        I am not defending anything just pointing out fact rather than hype

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