Take Control (horse)
|Breeder||Allen E. Paulson Living Trust|
|Take Control is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Azeri by A.P. Indy. He was born around 2007 in the United States, and was bred by Allen E. Paulson Living Trust.|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Take Control is a son of two Horses of the Year: A.P. Indy and Azeri.. In September, Azeri's A.P. Indy yearling colt, Vallenzeri (previous name), was bought back by the trust for a Keeneland-record $7.7 million. Take Control was bought by Kaleem Shah, CEO of CALNET, from the Keenland 2 year old in Training Sale in 2009. He is set to begin racing as prepared by Bob Baffert.
Breeding and Early Life
Azeri (foaled 1998 in Versailles, Kentucky) is a Thoroughbred racehorse. She was sired by Jade Hunter, a winner of the Grade 1 Donn Handicap and the G1 Gulfstream Park Handicap, who was a son of the very important sire Mr. Prospector. She is the only starter out of the Ahonoora mare Zodiac Miss. She is also out of the family of the 1999 Breeders' Cup Mile winner: the French horse Silic. Zodiac Miss was bred in Australia by John Messara's Arrowfield Stud. Prominent Australian bloodstock agents Brian King & James Bester, together with Californian based agent Denny Boultinghouse, recommended and sold Zodiac Miss to Paulson, and the filly was subsequently shipped to the U.S.A. to race there for her new owner. At the end of her racing career, Allen Paulson sent Zodiac Miss to the breeding shed.
Paulson was an aerospace magnate (Gulfstream Aerospace) whose many global investments included racehorses, casinos and oil exploration. Paulson also bred and raced Cigar, who currently stands at #2 on the North American All-Time Money Earners' list.
Azeri was purchased for $110,000 at the 1999 Keeneland September yearling sale from the consignment of Jonabell Farm and trained by Laura de Seroux, one of the few women trainers in a man's world. Of her greatest horse, Seroux said, "She didn't let anyone down, and she did it in great style. She's simply the fastest filly in the world now. You can't catch her early, and you can't catch her late."
Allen Paulson died before he knew what Azeri would turn out to be, but his son Michael took over his father's role in her racing life.
Out of 24 starts, she won 17 and placed in 4. When she was awarded the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, she was only the third female to win since the voting began in 1971, 35 years ago as of 2006. The other two female winners were All Along in 1983 and Lady's Secret in 1986. Both of these had defeated males, though Azeri did not.
Azeri retired from racing in December 2004 as the US richest female money earner, but is now the second highest female money earner in North America with $4,079,820 (succeeding her is Zenyatta with $5,474,580 in 2009). In her first attempt at breeding in Kentucky, she proved barren to Storm Cat for 2005 but successfully delivered a chestnut colt by A.P. Indy on February 14, 2007. This colt, initially named Vallenzeri, was renamed Take Control. He is the rare product of two Horses of the Year.
A.P. Indy (foaled 1989) is a champion stallion Thoroughbred racehorse bred in Kentucky, USA, by William Farish III and William Kilroy. He is known for his ancestry, his own record, and his successful progeny. He was sired by Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew and out of the mare Weekend Surprise, who herself was sired by another Triple Crown winner: Secretariat. He was the top-priced yearling of 1990 at $2.9 million.
Trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, A.P. Indy raced in 1991 and 1992. As a two-year old, after initially losing his first race and subsequently having a minor surgery (he had an undescended testicle removed), he reeled off successive victories in a maiden race, an allowance, and then the Grade I Hollywood Futurity. At three, he continued his winning streak with successive victories in the Grade II San Rafael Stakes and the Grade I Santa Anita Derby before being scratched from the Kentucky Derby on the morning of the race. He was then pointed towards the Grade II Peter Pan Stakes and the Grade I Belmont Stakes, of which he won both races. After a brief rest over the summer, he ran fourth in the Molson Million, and then ran a credible third in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup (after a horrible stumble at the break that caused him to completely lose touch with the remaining horses). He then rebounded to easily win the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic, in a hand ride, over a star-studded field of the top horses in training from around the world. In early 1993 he was voted the Eclipse Awards for the 1992 Horse of the Year and Champion three year old. In his career he had 11 starts, winning 8 and showing in one, earning a total of $2,979,815.
A.P. Indy was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2000.
Since being retired to stud, he has sired hundreds of winning Thoroughbreds. Through 2007, he has sired 110 stakes winners. In 2005 alone he sired 16 stakes winners. Among his progency are Sweet Symphony, Suave, Congrats, 2003 U.S. Horse of the Year Mineshaft, Golden Missile, and Aptitude. In 2006 he sired Preakness Stakes winner Bernardini. He is also the sire of history-making 2007 Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches, the first filly to win that race in over a century. In 2009, his son, Eye of the Leopard won Canada's most prestigious race, the Queen's Plate.
As a broodmare sire, mares A.P. Indy has sired have produced 14 more stakes winners. He currently stands in stud at Lane's End Farm, where he commands $250,000 for a single live cover breeding.
Take Control won his career debut at Santa Anita Park, running over one mile. The chestnut colt rallied from last in his debut race on December 30, earning $27,000 for the win. Take Control is owned by Kaleem Shah, CEO of CALNET. He was then sidelined shortly after with a front shin injury and pointed towards a summer campaign. As of June 25th Take control has had two reported works 3f and 4f over synthetic in California. In an early interview, Trainer Bob Baffert had said he was pointing him towards Saratoga's Travers.