Take Charge Indy with jockey Calvin Borel on board managed to get off to a great start and over took Reveron down the stretch for a one length victory in the $1 Million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park today. El Padrino ran almost the entire race in 4th place but the biggest disappointment was from the morning line favorite Union Rags.
Union Rags was the 2-5 favorite and ran into trouble early and simply wasn’t able to make up the ground after being boxed in from the outset. Jockey Julien Leparoux drew him back to near the back of the field on the second turn before mounting a late charge which was too little, too late.
“I’m not disappointed in the horse, I’m disappointed in myself,” said Leparoux. “He was the best horse in the race.”
When trainer Michael Matz was asked about the race he said “the way the track is you need to be close to the pace. The others got a head start on me and he couldn’t get to them. It was one of those things today, unfortunate today but hopefully he’ll come out of it well and learn a lesson from it.”
Take Charge Indy made his first start since finishing second to El Padrino in an allowance at Gulfstream Park back on January 29th. The son of A.P. Indy and Take Charge Lady is trained by Pat Byrne and paid $17.40 for a winning ticket. It’s likely that Calvin “Bo-Rail” Borel will stick with Take Charge Indy for the 138th Kentucky Derby on May 5th, 2012 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.