The A.P. Indy sired Take Charge Indy will take aim at its second straight win today when it jumps from Post #3 in the 2012 Kentucky Derby. The Chuck and Maribeth Sandford owned colt, which will be guided by veteran jockey and three time Derby winner Calvin Borel, is not, at least according to the latest Kentucky Derby Bets, in the same company with Horse Racing Odds favorites Union Rags, Bodemeister, and Gemologist; however, it is not far behind. At 12 to 1 odds to win the 138th Run for the Roses, Take Charge Indy is a solid second tier colt capable of conquering the 1 1/4 miles track at Churchill Downs.
Take Charge Indy broke its maiden on the first attempt, running six furlongs in 1:12.52 to beat out Ville and My Samurai, but the colt struggled to find the winner’s circle after that. The Patrick Byrne trained animal dove head long into stiff competition following its initial run, taking second in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity before participating in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity (finished fourth) and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (finished fifth).
Take Charge Indy’s handlers elected to give the colt a break after such a heavy schedule, not racing it again until the end of January. Indy found its way back into the money when it did return to the track, placing second to fellow Derby runner El Padrino in a Gulfstreams Park Allowance race.
The colt finally turned heads in late March at the Grade 1 Florida Derby. Take Charge Indy stunned Derby favorite Union Rags, taking first in the key prep race with a winning time of 1:48.79 (1 1/8 miles).
Today will provide another opportunity for Borel and Take Charge Indy to spoil expectations as the pair attempt overcome one of the more solid Derby fields in recent memory. Borel, who loves to ride the rail, is no stranger to foiling plans as he piloted long shots Mine That Bird and Super Saver to victory at Churchill Downs.
Considering Take Charge Indy’s pedigree (bloodlines include the aforementioned A.P. Indy and Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Secretariat) and Borel’s recent mastery of horse racing’s biggest event, the colt may be the best bet on the board at 12 to 1 odds.
Take Charge Indy Odds 2012 Kentucky Derby Bets: Provided by Bovada.lv
Take Charge Indy 12/1 (To Win 2012 Kentucky Derby)