Charge and retreat: Colt owned by Marengo couple fades in Kentucky Derby bid
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Derby quest of Take Charge Indy and his owners – Marengo residents Chuck and Maribeth Sandford – ended in heartbreaking fashion Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs. Not only did the A.P. Indy-bred colt finish 19th in the field of 20, but there are concerns that he may have suffered an injury during the race.
Take Charge Indy made his move about five-eighths of a mile from the finish under jockey Calvin Borel. He was briefly in fourth, 5½ lengths from leader Bodemeister at the half-mile pole, but he never truly threatened. A quarter of a mile from home, Borel said, Take Charge Indy just stopped – at which point he eased the runner out of the race.
“I knew we were in trouble at the quarter-pole,” the famed jockey said. “He just stopped. He got choked up, and that’s not like him.”
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