11/22/2014 6:28PM

Take Charge Brandi keeps rolling with victory in Princess

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Take Charge Brandi followed up her Breeders' Cup win with another victory Saturday in the Delta Downs Princess at Delta Downs.

VINTON, La. – Breeders’ Cup winner Take Charge Brandi furthered her case for an Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old filly Saturday, when she drove to a 1 1/2-length win over Skipalute in the Grade 3, $400,000 Delta Downs Princess. It was another length back in third to Majestic Presence.

The Princess was one of eight stakes on a card worth $2.3 million. The program also included the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot that Ocho Ocho Ocho ($7.20) won in a photo over Mr. Z.

Take Charge Brandi ($6.40) sat just off Vivian Da Bling in the early stages of the Princess, pressing that rival through fractions of 22.34 seconds for the opening quarter and 46.44 for the half-mile. Take Charge Brandi then engaged the leader into the final turn, withstood a bid from Skipalute, and after turning the latter back was diligent to the wire. Take Charge Brandi covered the mile on a fast track in 1:39.60.

“I think she’s getting more seasoned,” said winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas. “I don’t think she handled the racetrack as well as I thought [she would]. Her class carried her a little bit.”

Paco Lopez was aboard Take Charge Brandi for owner Willis Horton.

The talk after the Princess turned to the filly’s bid for an Eclipse Award. 

“We think it sure moved us in the right direction,” Lukas said of the Princess performance from Take Charge Brandi.

Lukas said there is a chance Take Charge Brandi could run again this year in the Starlet at Los Alamitos.

With the Princess win, Take Charge Brandi earned 10 preference points toward the Kentucky Oaks. The runner-u p Skipalute picked up four points; the third-place finisher Majestic Presence earned two; and the fourth-place finisher Danessa Deluxe earned one. Take Charge Brandi also earned 10 points for her win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Take Charge Brandi now has won 3 of 7 starts. She earned $240,000 for her win in the Princess to push her earnings to $1,410,126. She is a daughter of Giant’s Causeway, and she was bred in Kentucky by Charming Syndicate.

Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Run her till she Bolts D Wayne. Run her till she bolts.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Beyer said that the breeders cup surface was much faster early in the day. Ochoa and Brandi just proved you wrong.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Amen Joel. I spent 3 days in a row sitting in front of him in Vegas betting horses at the Stardust horse book years ago and I learned then that B has absolutely no idea what he is doing in the handicapping of horses. He can write ...this is true, but, seriously he literally has no clue. I laugh at people looking at his so called numbers as if they mean something...when in fact they do not....In fact I'll go even farther and say they are so subjective it's a joke....horses can run the same distance at the same track on the same day and depending on the class of the race will change the B number. Total joke. Of course, never bothered me, because it tends to help the odds of the horse I'm betting. By the way, you notice I didn't type out his name.. because if you do mention his name in reference to the numbers in a negative light...your comment will be thrown to the editing and never actually show up here. So...just so you know...I'm with you on your comment...you sir....are right.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
His formula is good. But the adjustments don't make any sense. Let the handicappers make their adjustments. Just show us the original numbers, please. Can we have a picture in a picture of the tractors and water trucks between races on big days. Just a little corner of the t.v. Screen, so we can see the surface adjustments. Thanks, frank
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
A great win! Take Charge Brandi can only get better with the pedigree she has. I wonder if Lukas will even consider the Kentucky Derby with her.
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Winning Colors,Serenas' Song,Ladys Secret.Lukas has no problem running fillies against colts.