In his final workout before the Kentucky Derby, Take Charge Indy breezed five furlongs at Palm Meadows in 1:00.47 (1/4) under exercise rider Susie Bricker.
Palm Meadows clocker Bryan Walls had Take Charge Indy in :11.60, :23.60, :35.60 and :47.60. He galloped out in 1:14.60 The colt worked in company with Zimmer, a fourth-place finisher March 11 at Gulfstream Park in a $66,100 allowance/optional claimer. Zimmer went in 1:00.67 (2/4), a length slower than Take Charge Indy.
“There you go. How do you like those apples? To sum it up in a word – magnificent,” said trainer Patrick Byrne. “The track here is in great shape. It was a super work. He couldn’t be doing any better. He’s ready to go. He was just stretching his legs this morning. Visually, it was very impressive. I’m delighted.”
Said Bricker, “He went super, so easy. As soon as the horse came up to us in the stretch, he took off again.”
Following the Thursday morning work, Byrne said Take Charge Indy would ship to Louisville on Tuesday.
“He’s just going to go back to galloping,” Byrne said. “I schooled him in the gate Tuesday, so we don’t have to worry about that. All we’ll do at Churchill next week is gallop over the track. He may two minute lick a little, but he likes the track. He worked a bullet prior to the Juvenile. He doesn’t need to do any more than what he’s done today. He’s really mentally sharp and ready to go.
“We’re looking forward to this race. He’s had a nice rest since the Florida Derby. Things couldn’t have gone better since the Florida Derby. It’s been perfect, and a mile and a quarter with his pedigree is right up the street.”
Take Charge Indy finished fifth at Churchill Downs in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He'll be ridden in the Kentucky Derby by Calvin Borel.
--Edited Gulfstream Park release