Kentucky Derby Contender Take Charge Indy to Have Surgery

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.

"Dr. Bill Baker (DVM) just did the X rays and in the ankle we have a P-1 (long pastern) chip fracture," Byrne said. "We've got an excellent prognosis."

Byrne said the colt will be shipped to Woodford Equine Hospital in Versailles, Ky., on May 7 and surgery will be performed in mid-week.

"They will take that little chip out of the ankle; the rest of the leg is fine," Byrne said. "We're looking at 60 days of down time. If everything works out, we will make the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with a prep race beforehand."

Byrne felt the Florida Derby (gr. I) winner was going to turn in a big performance in the Kentucky Derby and Borel had him in a ground-saving, stalking position when the colt began to feel the sting for the chip in the joint.

"This wasn't a talent issue; he was going so easily to the three-eighths pole," Byrne said. "It's a major disappointment, but it is horse racing. It happens. So we have an excuse. The horse is fine and we'll take care of that chip."

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