Led by A.P. INDY’s 3-year-old son Take Charge Indy, brilliant winner of the $1 million G1 Florida Derby, horses by Lane’s End stallions made a huge impact the world over this past weekend. Take Charge Indy, bred by Eaton Sales and owned by Chuck and Maribeth Sanford, put himself squarely in the Kentucky Derby mix with a victory over Reveron and the high-class Union Rags, by DIXIE UNION, in the Gulfstream centerpiece. The Pat Byrne-trained runner now heads to Churchill as one of the favorites for the Run for the Roses.
CITY ZIP runners had a big weekend. In the G1 Santa Anita Oaks, Reneesgotzip, already a Grade 2 winner, ran too good to lose. She cut out a blazing six furlongs in 1:09 4/5 on the front end, turned back a challenge from favored Eden’s Moon, and fought bravely to the wire just to be tagged by Willa B Awesome in the final jump. In Dubai, CITY ZIP’s son City Style, owned by Godolphin, earned a $500,000 payday with a third-place effort in the G1 Dubai Duty Free.
SMART STRIKE’s daughter Hit It Rich, owned and bred by Stuart Janney III, beat a deep field in the G3 Orchid S. at Gulfstream Saturday, while LEMON DROP KID’s up-and-comer Self Control ran third in the G3 Skip Away S. in his stakes debut.
At Fair Grounds on Sunday, MINESHAFT’s 5-year-old son Nates Mineshaft continued his ascent in the handicap division. One start after capturing the G3 Mineshaft S. Feb. 25, he rolled to a track-record-setting performance in the nine-furlong G2 New Orleans H., won in 1:47 3/5. Nates Mineshaft was bred by Cobra Farm and is owned by Windy Hill Farm.
To top it off, ENGLISH CHANNEL’s 3-year-old colt Easy Crossing appears to be headed to stakes company soon after living up to even-money favoritism in a Gulfstream optional claimer on Saturday. The Preston Stables colorbearer, bred by Mrs. Arturo Peralta Ramos, is now two-for-three lifetime for the Christophe Clement barn.
Congrats to the connections of all these talented runners!