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Mar 31 2012 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park I 1 1/8 Miles 1 REPLAY
Nov 5 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Churchill Downs I 1 1/16 Miles 5 REPLAY
Oct 8 2011 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity Keeneland I 1 1/16 Miles (S) 4 REPLAY
Sep 10 2011 Arlington- Washington Futurity Arlington Park III 1 Mile (S) 2 REPLAY


Patrick Byrne


Patrick gained national prominence in 1997 by guiding Favorite Trick to an undefeated season culminating with a record setting win in the Breeders Cup Juvenile earning him an Eclipse Award for Two year old Champion as well as Horse of the Year Honors, the first time the prestigous award had been given to a juvenile since Secretariat in 1972. He conditioned Eclipse Champion and Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Countess Diana in the same year. Taking a private job with Frank Stronach in 1998 he choreographed an undefeated year for Awesome Again ending with a win in the Breeders Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. Patrick is a fifth generation horseman of Irish descent who left school at the age of fifteen to become an apprentice jockey in England, Ireland and France. He came to the states in 1978 to work for the famed Phipps stable under the direction of trainer John Russell. He worked for trainers Leroy Jolley and Howie Tesher before taking out his own license in 1985. His first graded stakes win came in the G-3 Tremont at Belmont Park with Mr. Sea Sanders in 1988. At the 1997 Churchill Downs spring meet he set a then record of saddling 9 consecutive winners and finishing the meet with a record of 17-14 with the three losses seeing second place efforts. Other top runners include Golden Missile, Touch Gold, Magan Graduate, Duckhorn, Pass Ruch, Nani Rose, Bella Chiarra,Relaxing Rhythm and Ethan Man.

Calvin Borel


Born in South Louisiana, Borel knew from a very early age he wanted to become a jockey. He won his first career Kentucky Derby in 2007 on Street Sense, and followed that up two years later with a rail skimming ride on longshot Mine That Bird, and won his third Kentucky Derby in 2010 aboard Super Saver. Borel also won the 2009 Kentucky Oaks and Preakness Stakes aboard Rachel Alexandra. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

Chuck & Maribeth Sandford LLC


Chuck and Maribeth Sandford reside in Marengo Ilinois a suburb of Chicago and own Bag Makers Inc. a leading supplier of non woven paper and plastic bags. Maribeth founded the company in a dairy barn in 1980 and it now employs over 800 people worldwide and imprints over 80 million custom bags yearly to the corporate marketplace. The couple were featured in the rags to riches themed CNBC show' "How I Made My Millions" in 2011. From a small company to a multi millon dollar operation the company is family owned and operated with Maribeth and Chuck at the helm. Maribeth grew up in Louisville and Chuck has had a long time passion for horseracing so they ventured into the thoroughbred business in 2009. Putting together a small but select stable with purchases from the yearling and two year old in training sales, Chuck said after purchasing a sales topiing Tiznow colt, " to get into it at this level is just like a dream come true. It's a terrific industry."

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  • Photo: Adam Coglianese

  • Photo: Adam Coglianese

  • Photo: Adam Coglianese

  • Photo: Adam Coglianese

  • Photo: Adam Coglianese

  • Photo: Adam Coglianese


A.P. Indy--Take Charge Lady, by Dehere

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Among the most regally bred of this year's leading Kentucky Derby candidates is Take Charge Indy, the wire-to-wire winner of the Florida Derby. By the world-class and influential sire A.P. Indy, he was produced by the multiple Grade 1-winning Take Charge Lady, a daughter of Dehere.

A son of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew and a half-brother to Preakness winner and Derby runner-up Summer Squall, A.P. Indy needs little introduction. Winner of the Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic during his Horse of the Year campaign in 1992, he unfortunately missed out on running in the Kentucky Derby after being scratched the morning of the race due to foot issues.

A.P. Indy's remarkable stallion career resulted in such noted offspring as Horse of the Year Mineshaft, champions and classic winners Bernardini and Rags to Riches, champion juvenile filly Tempera, and Grade 1 victors Golden Missile, Aptitude, Music Note, Tomisue's Delight, Secret Status, Stephen Got Even, and numerous others. Many of the aforementioned excelled at 1 1/4 miles and beyond.

Take Charge Indy is the first stakes winner produced by $2.48 million earner Take Charge Lady, whose signature victories included the Ashland and two editions of the Spinster, all at Keeneland. Also the winner of the Alcibiades and Fair Grounds Oaks, she placed in the Kentucky Oaks and Gazelle, and ran Horse of the Year Azeri to a thrilling head decision in the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

Take Charge Lady is a half-sister to stakes winners Commendation and Eventail, the latter the dam of Grade 2 winner Straight Story. This female family is responsible for Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Chamberlain Bridge.

Broodmare sire Dehere, the 1993 juvenile champion, also missed out in running in the Kentucky Derby. He exited a victory in the 1994 Fountain of Youth with a career-ending injury. The daughters of Dehere have produced the likes of Louisiana Derby winner Friesan Fire, the beaten favorite in the 2009 Kentucky Derby and bred on the same cross as Take Charge Indy; 2008 Illinois Derby hero Recapturethglory, fifth in that year's Kentucky Derby; and sprint champion Midnight Lute, a two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

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