Pat Byrne

Pat Byrne Hoping Juvenile Indy Takes Charge Could Be His Next Big Horse

During the late 1990s, trainer Pat Byrne was at the height of his career as he guided the campaigns of Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) winner Awesome Again, multiple Grade I winner Favorite Trick and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) star Countess Diana. Now, more than 20 years later, Byrne is hoping Indy Takes Charge can […]

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‘You Can’t Find A Guy With A Bigger Heart’: Owner Charles Sandford Dies At 70

Thoroughbred owner Charles Sandford, 70, passed away on Friday following a lengthy battle with cancer, according to bloodhorse.com. He and his wife Maribeth, proprietors of Bag Makers, Inc., purchased their first horses in 2010. The couple hit the national stage with 2012 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy, trained by Sandford’s long-time friend Pat Byrne. […]

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Keeneland Select Presents Breeders’ Cup Epics: An ‘Awesome’ Classic

There’s been a lot of buzz about this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic and how it could be one of the best fields ever, featuring a Triple Crown winner, a mare unbeaten this year, and a dangerous Grade 1-winning closer. But it’ll be hard to top the 1998 edition of the race. The field of 10 […]

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Sylvia Upton Wood, Co-Breeder Of Favorite Trick, Dies At 81

Longtime owner and breeder Sylvia ‘Sib’ Upton Wood, who bred Horse of the Year Favorite Trick along with her late husband Maxwell, died July 1 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph, Michigan. She was 81. According to an article in the Herald Palladium, Wood was an avid sportswoman, and enjoyed golf and tennis in […]

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Almost Famous Connections Take Aim at Gulfstream Park Derby

Trainer Patrick Byrne will be looking to ring in 2014 with Almost Famous in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby in the one-mile New Year’s Day feature. Owned by Chuck and Maribeth Sandford, the son of Unbridled’s Song stamped himself as a colt with a future in winning two of his three starts this fall, including […]

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Almost Famous Late Scratch From Kentucky Jockey Club

Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s Almost Famous, the morning line favorite for Saturday’s G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs, was scratched from the race for 2-year-olds because of a mild foot injury. The son of Unbridled’s Song came into the Kentucky Jockey Club off a six-length victory in an optional claiming/allowance race Nov. 9 […]

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Take Charge Indy eyeing Fayette for comeback race

Take Charge Indy turned in his last serious work since he returned to training after an injury occurred in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) when he breezed five furlongs in 59.80 on Wednesday at Churchill Downs. Trainer Patrick Byrne told the Daily Racing Form that he was very pleased with the work, and will now […]

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Take Charge Indy back in training

Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Take Charge Indy, who underwent surgery to remove an ankle chip from his left foreleg, is back in training at Churchill Downs. In an interview with Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal, trainer Pat Byrne said that his son of A.P. Indy is doing well, having resumed training about a […]

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Take Charge Indy back in Byrne barn

Take Charge Indy, winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I) in March, has rejoined trainer Patrick Byrne’s string at Churchill Downs. The 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy exited the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) with a bone chip in his left front ankle. He underwent surgery in mid-May at Woodford Equine Hospital in Versailles, Ky. Tentative […]

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Take Charge Indy to have surgery to remove bone chip in ankle

X-rays taken on Take Charge Indy’s ankle following his 19th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby revealed a bone chip. The three-year-old son of A.P. Indy will be shipped to Woodford Equine Hospital in Versailles, Ky. and will have surgery to remove the chip mid-week, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader. Trainer Pat Byrne says the injury is […]

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