Take Control was put down after he suffered a severe injury to his right front leg during a routine early morning workout on October 17 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Bob Baffert said, “It was pretty devastating. He was breezing, and right before he came to the quarter pole, he took a bad step. It was really quick—there was no warning.”
Bred in Kentucky by the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust, Take Control was campaigned by Kaleem Shah. Originally called Vallenzeri, Take Control is by A P Indy out of Azeri, 2002 Horse of the Year.
Take Control was only lightly raced. His connections considered running him in the Grade II Breeders' Cup Marathon. His sire won the 1992 Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic and his dam Azeri won the 2002 Grade I Breeders' Cup Distaff.
As a two year old, Take Control ran and won his first race. However, he came down with shin problems that required two separate surgeries. Take Control was unable to race again until 2012. His sporadic career earnings amounted to $70,450.
It's really tough ... he's a nice horse, and he's been with us a long time. It was a really sad day at the barn. It's a part of the business that makes you not want to be in it, but things happen, and it's just bad luck. One bad step and that's what happens.
Source: Blood Horse
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