Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Take Charge Indy continued his preparations for Friday's $400,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) with a three-furlong workout over the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning.
Chuck and Maribeth Sandford's Take Charge Indy recorded opening fractions of :12 and :24 in a three-eighths move of :35 2/5 and galloped out four furlongs in :47 4/5.
It was the second published workout for Take Charge Indy since he finished third behind Newsdad in the Fayette Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland in his first start since finishing 19th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
"He got so much out of (the Fayette)," trainer Patrick Byrne said. "I bet he's five or six lengths better (now). I was so apprehensive going into the Fayette off a six-month layoff, but I could only train him so much. He nearly pulled it off."
Also working for Byrne Nov. 18 was Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) hopeful Positively, who finished second behind Uncaptured in the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III). A son of Distorted Humor , Positively breezed three furlongs in :35, the fastest move of six at the distance.
"He went very well, too, and cooled out great," Byrne said. "We're looking forward to having a good Thanksgiving (week)."
Another Clark worker Nov. 18 was A. Stevens Miles Jr.'s homebred Neck 'n Neck, who breezed five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 and recorded fractions of :13 3/5, :26 4/5, :38 4/5 and :51 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15 4/5 and seven furlongs in 1:29 3/5.
Trained by Ian Wilkes, Neck 'n Neck most recently won the Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill by 2 1/4 lengths over Fort Loudon.