Stallion Profile: Take Charge Indy

Take Charge Indy, under Calvin Borel, preps for the Kentucky Derby - Rob Carr

After being pulled up in the G2-Monmouth Cup by Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens, it was determined that Take Charge Indy was to be retired. He wil stand at Winstar Farm.

Take Charge Indy will stand with the other 47 stallions at Winstar Farm next year. (I kid, I kid)

This is going to be short and sweet, since there is exactly zero mystery as to his pedigree, being by the venerable A.P. Indy and out of the fantastic broodmare Take Charge Lady.

A two time Graded Stakes winner of over $1.1 million, Take Charge Indy showed flashes of front running brilliance, with wins in the G2-Alysheba and the G1-Florida Derby and with narrow misses in the G1-Clark and G3-Skip Away. Honestly, I felt that he, as much as any other handicap division horse was capable of wiring even the best field. Along with Fort Larned, Game on Dude, and Graydar (yes, I think he's that good), Take Charge Indy was right up there with the best.

But all of that aside, Take Charge Indy is perhaps the last great son of A.P. Indy, and that is worth its weight in gold. On both ends of a dominant stallion's career, you will see a large number of stallion prospects rushed to the breeding shed. In his first few years, a stallion will have every graded stakes winner rushed off to stud. That slows down a bit in the middle years, but accelerates again as they age. But the bar for success is already set high, so it is a tough summit to overtake.

But based on his broodmare's recent success, with her 3 time Grade 1 winning record, and the fact that she's already gotten another big winner in Will Take Charge out of a completely different stallion line, there is no doubt that there is an unbelievably strong pedigree behind this stallion prospect. In fact, there are few broodmares that can rival either her potential or current level of production, an unenviable pedigree to be sure.

Overall, I might be excited about him if he were to stand for a reasonable price, I'd be very interested, However, I can almost guarantee that he will be priced in a neighborhood that is outside of a reasonable price range. But as an extremely classy Grade 1 winning son of one of the best sires of our time, he probably deserves every penny.

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