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Profile: Take Charge Indy

Take Charge Indy (Eclipse Sportswire)

Take Charge Indy showed some good fight in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, he just wasn’t at the level of the top horses in that race. But he competed, and he didn’t show any fear.

His patterns of motion show me his best scenario is to be on or just off the pace and then make one massive power move. I am not optimistic about how he would react if he finds himself too far back in the pack or has to make multiple moves to win a race.

Calvin Borel rode Take Charge Indy perfectly in the Florida Derby, but that was probably his best possible scenario — on the lead through moderate fractions, without too much to manage. This is a very tactical and strategic horse who will need things to break perfectly again to win the Derby.

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