Three spot suits Take Charge Indy
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - The number three seems to be the favorite numeral for Kentucky Derby runner Take Charge Indy. The three-year-old colt will start Saturday's Run for the Roses from post three, the same spot that got him to win the Florida Derby in March.
"We were three in the Florida Derby and he was three the first time he ran," said trainer Patrick Byrne.
Along with the horse getting his ideal starting spot the colt will have the jockey who has practically owned the Kentucky Derby the last few years. Three- time winning rider Calvin Borel will be in the saddle for the $2 million 1 1/4 mile classic.
Borel won the 2007 Derby with Street Sense and followed with wins aboard Mine That Bird and Super Saver in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
Byrne has confidence in both the horse and jockey.
"We couldn't be any happier with him," Byrne said. "The horse is doing fantastic. I wouldn't trade him for any other horse in the race. Everyone knows there is going to be a lot of speed and Calvin can put his horse wherever he wants to be put. Hopefully he will have a clean break and won't get knocked around. That's what makes the Derby the Derby. It's 20 horses, everybody is vying for position early.
"I think he'll break sharp. He's a good gate horse. Hopefully, he'll get position early. By saying that, I don't mean on the lead. But if they want to go and throw a couple of :11s in early, he'll sit back and go in maybe :12 and change four or five lengths off the pace. It all depends on the pace scenario.
"It's all up to the jock. I've done my bit. We'll train him here up to Friday. Calvin wants to get on him. We'll ride him around the shedrow early Saturday morning, just because he asks to get the tack on him. It's up to Calvin. Calvin has won three of these. This is my first time here. I'm not going to tell him how to ride the race."
Take Charge Indy, owned by Chuck and Maribeth Sandford, is 15-1 in the morning line off his front running win over Reveron and Union Rags in the Florida Derby. While Reveron is sitting out the Derby, Union Rags is the early 9-2 second choice for the Run for the Roses.
05/03 14:40:13 ET