Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy is set to travel a mile and
a sixteenth for trainer Patrick Byrne in the $200,000 Monmouth Cup on Sunday.
The Grade 2 event, formerly known as the Meadowlands Cup as the first 32
runnings were contested at the Meadowlands in East
Rutherford, will take place for the third time at Monmouth since
moving to Oceanport in 2010.
impressive win two back when he crossed the wire six lengths before the field
in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes, Take Charge Indy was beaten by 20 lengths last
out in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Byrne, who
started his career at Monmouth and won the Molly Pitcher back in 1998 with
Relaxing Rhythm, believes that his colt will return to form this Sunday.
“I’m looking forward to coming back,” said
Byrne, “and hopefully we can get back on track there. I think that you can put
a line through his last race. He’s come back to the barn and trained well so
hopefully he takes to the Monmouth track and I don’t see why he wouldn’t. ”
A 4-year-old son of A.P. Indy out
of Take Charge Lady, Take Charge Indy will carry Hall of Fame jockey Gary
Stevens in the Monmouth Cup, as regular rider Rosie Napravnik rides Ponzi
Scheme for trainer Jorge Navarro.
“We’ve got a top jock in Gary
Stevens,” Byrne said. “He’s riding very well right now so we’re happy to have
him on board.”
Take Charge Indy will face tough
competition in fellow Grade 1 winner Hymn Book in the Monmouth Cup, which will
go as the 9th race on a 14-race Haskell card on Sunday.