Take Charge Indy, Neck 'n Neck breeze for Clark
|Take Charge Indy's last win came in the Florida Derby
(Adam Coglianese Photography)
Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy continued his preparations for Friday's Grade
1, $400,000 Clark Handicap with a three-furlong move in :35 2/5 over the fast
main track at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning.
The sophomore son of A.P. Indy recorded opening fractions of :12 and :24 in
the three-eighths work and galloped out four furlongs in :47 4/5.
"He did it well and (exercise rider) Johnny (Byrne) said he did it in hand,"
trainer Pat Byrne said.
It was the second published workout for Take Charge Indy since he finished
third in the Grade 2 Fayette at Keeneland in his first start since finishing
19th in the Kentucky Derby.
"He got so much out of (the Fayette)," Byrne said. "I bet he's five or six
lengths better (now). I was so apprehensive going into the Fayette off a
six-month layoff, but I could only train him so much. He nearly pulled it off."
Also working for Byrne on Sunday was Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club hopeful
Positively, who finished second in the Grade 3 Iroquois. A bay son of Distorted
Humor, Positively breezed three furlongs in :35, the fastest move of six at the
distance, for the 1 1/16-mile contest on Saturday.
|Neck 'n Neck brings a two-race graded win streak into the Clark
(Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
"He went very well, too, and cooled out great," Byrne said. "We're looking
forward to having a good Thanksgiving (week)."
Another Clark worker on Sunday was Grade 2 victor Neck 'n Neck, who breezed
five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 and recorded fractions of :13 3/5, :26 4/5, :38 4/5
and :51 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:15 4/5 and seven furlongs in 1:29
Trained by Ian Wilkes, the Flower Alley three-year-old most recently won the
Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs by 2 1/4 lengths.
Probable starters for the Clark are Bourbon Courage, Cease, Eye of the
Leopard, Fast Falcon, Lunar Victory, Mission Impazible and Pool Play.
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