06/18/2002 11:00PM

Sluggish Take Charge Lady to get month on the farm


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Take Charge Lady has been taken out of training for about 30 days primarily because she had been sluggish since she won her last start, the May 25 Dogwood Stakes, trainer Ken McPeek said Wednesday at Churchill Downs.

Take Charge Lady will be turned out at Longfield Farm just outside of Louisville, then brought back into training to point for a fall campaign, said McPeek.

"We took a blood test on her, and it shows she's a touch dehydrated," he said. "I don't like the way she's been eating lately, and she's been campaigning pretty hard, so I'm going to give her a break."

Take Charge Lady, a Dehere filly owned by Jerry and Feye Bach, has won three of four races this year, all stakes, with her lone defeat a second-place finish as the favorite in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.

The decision to turn her out is "really no big deal," said McPeek. "My instincts, and the instincts of everybody around her, are that we just don't feel like she's doing well enough to move forward."

Take Charge Lady had been pointing to the June 29 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.

In related news, Belterra, who is expected to run in the Mother Goose, breezed five furlongs Wednesday at Churchill in 1:00, second-fastest of 30 workers at the distance. Earlier this month, Belterra made a winning return to action after a two-month layoff when posting an impressive victory in a classified allowance at Churchill.

Multitrack exotic resuming

Churchill Downs Inc. officials announced Wednesday that, for the third straight year, the company will offer a wager that assimilates multiple races from its family of tracks into one wagering package.

The wager is the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network pick four, which will be offered on four of the next five Saturdays. The bet, which carries a $1 minimum and a 19 percent takeout, will include races from Churchill, Calder, Arlington, Hollywood, and Ellis Park.

The first CDSN pick four is set for Saturday; the bet also will be offered June 29, July 6 and July 20. Ellis replaces Churchill on the final date.

The CDSN pick four essentially replaces the company's pick three, which had been offered at various times the last two years.

These are the pick four races for this Saturday: Churchill, race 10, post 5:49 p.m. Eastern; Calder, race 12, 5:57; Arlington, race 9, 6:02; and Hollywood, race 5, 6:17.

Daily Racing Form will publish past performances for the four races following the editorial section.

Allamerican Bertie returns vs. elders

Allamerican Bertie, one of the 3-year-old fillies who was soundly beaten by Take Charge Lady in the Dogwood, will make her first appearance since that race when taking on six others in the Friday co-feature, a $45,600 allowance at 1 1/16 miles.

Allamerican Bertie finished a distant third in the Dogwood, a race that followed a sharp victory in a May 2 entry-level allowance. Having drawn post 5 in the eighth race Friday, she will be facing older rivals for the first time.

Allamerican Bertie will be trying to reverse some of the bad fortune that has recently been visited upon her connections. Her graded stakes-winning stablemates, De Bertie and Outofthebox, both were retired earlier this month by owners Bert, Elaine, and Richard Klein and trainer Steve Flint.

Miss Kristy, a runaway winner of her last start for trainer Bill Mott, figures as the filly to beat, having drawn post 1 and a call from leading jockey Pat Day.

Another $45,600 allowance follows as the ninth of 10 Friday races. Twilight first post is 3:10 p.m. Eastern.