Updated on 03/13/2015 9:35AM

Take Charge Brandi to miss Rebel Stakes, Kentucky Oaks

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Take Charge Brandi wins the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn on Jan. 31.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Take Charge Brandi will miss both the Grade 2, $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday and the Kentucky Oaks after the champion 2-year-old filly of 2014 was diagnosed with a non-displaced bone chip in her right knee, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said on Tuesday.

The defection means there will be no historical matchup of last year’s 2-year-old champions in the Rebel, which remains the target for American Pharoah, the champion 2-year-old male of 2014.

Take Charge Brandi is scheduled to be shipped Wednesday to Kentucky to Dr. Larry Bramlage for further evaluation, Lukas said. She is to be rehabilitated at Oaklawn.

“She’ll be out 60 days,” Lukas said. “She’ll have stall rest 30, walk 30, then go back in training. She’ll be out until May 15.”

Lukas said Bramlage will determine whether to place a pin in the knee to accelerate healing. Lukas said with rest, the chip, which is still attached, would calcify. He said Take Charge Brandi could return to action as early as midsummer. Lukas said Take Charge Brandi was diagnosed Tuesday.

“This is gut-wrenching,” he said. “[But] we are going to bring her back. She’ll have a full race career.”

Willis Horton, a resident of Arkansas who raced champion Will Take Charge, owns Take Charge Brandi.

“I was looking forward to Saturday,” Horton said Tuesday. “We’ve been real lucky with her, never had a pimple on her. I’m sick.” 

Horton said he now will look forward to Take Charge Brandi resuming racing later in the year. 

Take Charge Brandi has won four stakes in her last four starts, a streak that started in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Overall, the daughter of Giant’s Causeway has won 5 of 9 starts and $1,680,126.

mrbascum More than 1 year ago
Horses and baseball players What's up with that?
Owen Klein More than 1 year ago
I Know nothing about breeding. How have harness breeders kept their horses strong (apparently) when thoroughbred breeders in North America are reputed to be "watering down" the lines? Both sectors have been at it for the same time.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Anytime any horse at anytime gets injured is gut wrenching. But to hear it would have been a showdown between the two 2YO champs is, well , almost as gut wrenching. . These two AP and TCB in the same gate running in the same race would have been, gut wrenching to watch......
Anna Villafane More than 1 year ago
A blessing in disguise!!!
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Knee chips are a bad sign. Comebacks are short lived and rarely are successful. Tapizar took five months off and raced three more times. His last race was a victory in BC dirt mile. Then you have the unsuccessful comebacks or retirements of flashback,streaming, dialed in, minors reserve, springhill farm, old fashioned, sharp humor and another giants causeway mare named arienza (azeris daughter). Titletown five and strong mandate are other lukas tiznow horses who recently had similar problems. Please retire her
Chas More than 1 year ago
Would not be surprise to see her in the November Keeneland Mixed Sale as a broodmare prospect....
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Just my 2 cents worth : Modern day horses are not as tough as 20th century horses were.
Chas More than 1 year ago
Agree...it starts with breeding and then how the horse is trained...today they are bred for speed and trained for fast times even for distance horses...only so many starts running on the front end as fast as they can going 8.5 furlongs or longer...just look at horses trained by Baffert and Lukas...
joe d More than 1 year ago
thats right, blame one of the best trainers of all-time.lol
mike More than 1 year ago
Really? The old coot has ruined many a horse.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
If she had placed in the Rebel, she was going to the Derby. Get it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know this is off-point, but why isn't the "Classic Homepage" the default setting for this site? It's the easiest to read. The new and improved web-page is awful.
Rick Guior More than 1 year ago
Totally agree. I know they can track how often people click the link to take them back to the Classic version...which I assume is most of the time.
Joe Eckert More than 1 year ago
I agree,I sent a comment to DRF and got no reply..
Ken O'Connor More than 1 year ago
and that's exactly what I got when I made the same comment--no reply.
billybudd16 More than 1 year ago
Thanks for pointing this out. Actually I'd be happy if it went back to the site just before what's now called Classic. I'll put up with the spots before my eyes, it's still better than the new version.
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
Big surprise. Keep breaking them with your Quarter horse methods Wayne.
George Duarte More than 1 year ago
thats funny. I know quite a few qh trainers and they are much easier on horses then tb trainers are. they hardly work out their horses. just race and gallops in between.
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
Yes well all horseman are different in their methods.
mike More than 1 year ago
Agree with you. Can't stand him.
stockmann9914 . More than 1 year ago
Retire her, worth too much.