Take Charge Indy breaks down at Monmouth
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) - Heavy favorite Take Charge Indy broke stride in the backstretch in the $200,000 Monmouth Cup on Sunday, sustaining a left front condylar fracture that will require surgery.
Take Charge Indy was the 3-5 favorite with Hall of Famer Gary Stevens aboard and seemed to be putting the race away when he took a bad step in the back stretch with a three-length lead, forcing Stevens to ease him.
"I heard a loud pop around the half-mile pole,'' Stevens said. "He wanted to continue, but I pulled him up.''
Former Kentucky Derby entrant Pants on Fire won the race and paid $16.20. Paco Lopez rode the winner.