11/20/2014 12:25PM

Take Charge Brandi looks to strengthen Eclipse Award credentials in Delta Princess

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Debra A. Roma
Take Charge Brandi, who upset the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at 61-1, can help her chances of becoming champion 2-year-old filly by winning the Delta Princess.

Take Charge Brandi has more at stake in the Grade 3, $400,000 Delta Downs Princess on Saturday than just attempting to secure a first-place check as the race’s probable favorite. The Princess is a stage for Take Charge Brandi, upset winner of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, to cater to some unfinished business before the close of the year.

“We still have ambitions to put her in the mix for champion 2-year-old filly, so we think if we come back with another nice effort that would enhance that possibility,” said D. Wayne Lukas, who trains Take Charge Brandi for Willis Horton.

Take Charge Brandi will face nine others in the Princess, a one-mile race to be run around two turns on the six-furlong track at Delta. The Princess is the third leg of a pick four that has a guaranteed pool of $200,000. The sequence runs on races 4-7, ending with the afternoon’s centerpiece, the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot.

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Delta Downs Princess (Race 6)

KEY CONTENDERS:

Take Charge Brandi (Last 3 Beyers: 83-64-58)

◗ She is invading for the Princess off a front-running win in the Breeders’ Cup in a championship bid, as well as for a host of other reasons, said Lukas.

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“It is graded, it’s $400,000, which you can’t take lightly, and I think that it’s a situation that probably on tight turns you have to have tactical speed, and she certainly has that,” he said. “I think it’s a decent fit. There’s also points for the [Kentucky] Oaks.”

◗ Take Charge Brandi got Breeders’ Cup Saturday card off to a rousing start when she pulled a 61-1 upset in the Juvenile Fillies. The race came one start after she finished eighth in the Alcibiades.

“We felt that she would run a super-good race,” Lukas said. “She had such a good month going into it. The real Take Charge Brandi showed up. I think I’ve got a good line on her now, what we can do with her, and we’re headed in the right direction. The best is yet to come.”

◗ Paco Lopez has the mount from post 6.

Skipalute (Last 3 Beyers: 77-78-58)

◗She is a maiden, but enters off a big runner-up finish in the Grade 2 Matron at Belmont Park on Oct. 5.

“She’s a filly maturing and developing and improving from one race to the next and hopefully she’ll continue on that trend,” said trainer Eddie Kenneally. “I think she can.”

◗Skipalute, who will be making her two-turn debut, will break from post 5 under Corey Lanerie.

“She’s got tactical speed,” Kenneally said.

Vivian Da Bling (Last 3 Beyers: 74-73-81)

◗She dominated the local prep, the $100,000 My Trusty Cat on Oct. 24. She was an eight-length winner of the seven-furlong race, run around two turns.

“I think having a race over the track is so beneficial because that track can be a little bit tricky,” said trainer Bret Calhoun.

◗Vivian Da Bling will break from post 7 under Chris Rosier.

“She’s been a pretty nice filly from Day 1,” Calhoun said. “The main improvement I’ve seen in her is her ability to rate and relax.”

Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
TCB is a very nice filly. She dug in well in the stretch to beat a great BC filly field. I have to laugh when I read about the Santa Anita speed bias....except ....wait...SA always has a bit of a speed bias...so, it's not like we didn't expect it..plus, several others won from off the pace on the same day....but, I've always noticed that poor handicappers watch a horse go wire to wire and they just immediately cry speed bias. Sometimes the best speed wins races. Why? Well because they are just the fastest horse. Do I think TCB will get the lead in the Princess....probably not. If I was Lopez, I'd let Vivian go to the lead and just track her and go by in the stretch...but, that's just me. TCB doesn't have to win to get respect from me....but, with all the speed in the Princess, I will say if she does win she deserves 2 year old filly eclipse....but, heck that's just me. Good luck all.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Vivian Da Bling looks real interesting here.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
TCB is a dressed up filly. Look elsewhere.
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
Go Temper Mint Patty!