LOUISVILLE — Grade I winner Take Charge Indy will undergo surgery this week to remove a bone chip in his left front ankle, an injury he sustained while finishing 19th in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Pat Byrne said the injury is not career threatening and that the colt could be back under tack in about 60 days. Byrne added the son of A.P. Indy will be shipped for Woodford Equine Hospital in Versailles Monday and that the surgery will be performed in mid-week.
"Dr. Bill Baker did the X-rays and in the ankle we have a P-1 chip fracture," Byrne said. "They will take that little chip out of the ankle, the rest of the leg is fine. If everything works out, we will make the Breeders' Cup Classic with a prep race beforehand."
Meanwhile, UAE Derby winner Daddy Long Legs was headed back to Ireland after being eased and finishing last of 20 horses in the first leg of the Triple Crown. The son of Scat Daddy showed some symptoms of being affected by the heat during the race but was reported to be in good order on Sunday.
"I don't know what it was. Maybe the whole thing got to him," said T. J. Comerford, head traveling lad for trainer Aidan O'Brien. "He broke well, got away, had a lovely position. It didn't work out for him, that's all. He's fine. Bright as a button."