Two weeks after sustaining a lateral condylar fracture to his left foreleg in the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup, Take Charge Indy has left his caretakers at Hogan Equine in New Jersey to take up residence at WinStar Farm in central Kentucky.
The Grade 1 winner and millionaire underwent a successful 30-minute surgery to repair the fracture and has since made an excellent recovery.
“Everything could not have gone better … he is getting a bath today and then heading out to the van for the ride to Kentucky,” said treating veterinarian Dr. Patty Hogan on Friday.
What Hogan found particularly remarkable though, was the role of social media and fan support in the story of Take Charge Indy's injury and recovery. Details of the colt's injuries were first reported by turfwriters on the scene via Twitter, and since then, social media users have reached out to Hogan and WinStar with well wishes.
“When his injury initially happened and he shipped over, we were deluged with calls and emails inquiring how he was doing,” said Hogan. “All from casual racing fans.”
WinStar posted updates on the horse's progress to Twitter and Facebook, where Hogan said one update received over 1,200 'likes' from his admiring public. Several fans sent get well cards to the horse while he recovered at Fair Winds Farm.
Take Charge Indy, who is out of Grade 1 winner and millionaire Take Charge Lady, was competitive in graded stakes company at ages 2, 3, and 4, wiring the Grade 1 Florida Derby field as a 3-year-old and winning the Grade 2 Alysheba earlier this year, with runner-up performances in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity, Grade 1 Clark Handicap, and Grade 3 Skip Away. He was conditioned by Patrick Byrne for owners WinStar Farm and Chuck and Maribeth Sandford.
“It was a cool experience and a very positive one – especially the fact that the horse was seen breaking down in front of a large audience and then fortunately was salvageable,” said Hogan.
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