Monmouth Cup Stakes 2013; Take Charge Indy’s Last Race?
Monmouth Cup Stakes 2013; Take Charge Indy’s Last Race? The Monmouth Cup Stakes takes place Sunday July 28, 2013 at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey. The $200,000 1 1/16 mile race for three-year-olds and up is a prelude to the Haskell Invitational. A few dynamic horses set the field of seven in the Monmouth Cup Stakes including fan-favorite Take Charge Indy, who may be inching towards his very last race.
Winner of the 2013 Alysheba Stakes and the 2012 Florida Derby, Take Charge Indy will break from post position #2 in the Monmouth Cup Stakes with legendary jockey Gary Stevens on the mount. Champion trainer Patrick Bryne, who won three Breeders’ Cup races, opted to enter Take Charge Indy in the Monmouth Cup Stakes instead of the Whitney Handicap on August 3rd.
Maribeth and Chuck Sandford, who co-own Take Charge Indy with WinStar Farm, will arrive in New Jersey on Saturday for the Monmouth Cup Stakes to cheer on the four-year-old dark brown colt.
Chuck Sandford stated, “Take Charge Indy arrived at Monmouth Park on Tuesday and has taken to the surface well over the last two days.” Chuck Sandford added, “Take Charge Indy is expected to be the favorite although there are a couple notable horses on the field such as Hymn Book and Pants on Fire.”
When asked if Take Charge Indy will have a shot in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Chuck Sandford replied, “It’s really up to WinStar Farm. Take Charge Indy will need to prepare for the breeding season in February. Any race could be Take Charge Indy’s last.”
In related news, the Sandfords’ are excited about their two-year-old Bernardini colt Chas’s Legacy, named after Chuck Sandford’s father. Chas’s Legacy had a workout today, July 25, 2013, breezing 4 furlongs in 48.20, which was 3rd best out of 30.
Chuck Sandford said, “Patrick doesn’t work his babies very fast. Chas’s Legacy will have one more work before entering a race at Arlington Park within the next couple of weeks.” Chuck Sandford added with a chuckle, “I’m excited to see him run. It’s always exciting until they show me differently.”
The 2013 Monmouth Cup Stakes is the 9th race of the day with a 3:59 PM EDT post time.
Lady and The Track would like to wish WinStar Farm, Gary Stevens, Patrick Byrne, Maribeth and Chuck Sandford, and the always outstanding Take Charge Indy the best of luck in the 2013 Monmouth Cup Handicap. Good Luck! Safe Run!
2013 Monmouth Cup Stakes Post Positions & Odds
1 Small Town Talk 12/1 Cotto, Jr./Simon
2 Take Charge Indy 9/5 Stevens/Bryne
3 Big Sur 8/1 Moya/Moya
4 Norman Asbjornson 6/1 Rose/Mancilla
5 Hymn Book 5/2 Velazquez/McGaughey
6 Ponzi Scheme 6/1 Napravnik/Navarro
7 Pants on Fire 4/1 Lopez/Breen
7, 5, 6, 4, 1, 3, Take Charge Indy never crossed the finish line due to injury.