09/28/2015 5:41PM

Take Charge Brandi retired

Barbara D. Livingston
Owner Willis Horton is deciding whether to breed Take Charge Brandi or sell her at Keeneland November.

Take Charge Brandi, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2014, has been retired from racing and will reside at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Lexington, Ky., until the decision is made to keep her to breed or offer her at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

The 3-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway finished her on-track career with five wins in 11 starts and earnings of $1,692,126. She was trained by D. Wayne Lukas for owner Willis Horton.

“She was a great champion and we just ran out of time making the Breeders' Cup again,” Horton said, “She owns the best pedigree in the stud book and loved to win races.”

A $435,000 yearling purchase by Horton, Take Charge Brandi won her debut start at Churchill Downs, then followed up with a runner-up finish in the Grade 3 Schulyerville Stakes at Saratoga. A run of three straight off-the-board finishes by double-digit lengths helped send her to post at odds of 61.70-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita, which she led all the way and won by a half-length.

Take Charge Brandi then found her stride, winning the Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes and the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes to clinch champion 2-year-old filly honors.

She debuted at 3 with a win in the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn, and was scheduled to face males in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes there, but a non-displaced bone chip in her right knee put her on the shelf until summer.

The filly made her return in August in the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga. She set the pace for the opening half-mile before fading to last of 10. Her final start came in the Grade 1 Cotilion Stakes at Parx, where she was eased through the stretch.

"You hate to see a champion retire, but it was the right thing to do," Lukas said. "This family has been so good to me and Willis Horton. Take Charge Brandi was supremely talented and determined.

“I almost ran her in the Los Alamitos Futurity the week after the Starlet, and think she would have been very tough to beat. She reminds me of Serena's Song in her determination and natural ability. She is the complete package and has everything you look for in a great broodmare prospect."

Bred in Kentucky by the Charming Syndicate, Take Charge Brandi is out of the winning Seeking the Gold mare Charming, whose two foals to race are winners. Horton purchased the third foal out of the mare, the War Front filly Take Charge Tressa, for $1.25 million at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

Her second dam is multiple Grade 1 winner and 2013 Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady, whose foals include the Horton-owned champion and stallion Will Take Charge, as well as Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy.



mike More than 1 year ago
Lukas is a disgrace to racing.
mike More than 1 year ago
Randy,you're exactly correct,I've stated the same over the years. Now, we can add Sky Ring to the list.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Nice to know I'm not the only one that still remembers what he did to Union City and many more poor animals he put through his grinder.
Frank More than 1 year ago
The day the "Butcher of Horse Racing" (Lukas) leaves the sport for good will be a great and glorious day for all horses (especially the poor horses he has touched) and fans of the sport. We will rejoice!
mike More than 1 year ago
Very good comment and I agree totally.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Correct me if i'm wrong,but didnt Daniel Day Lewis play D.Wayne Lucas in the movie Gangs Of New York?
Frank More than 1 year ago
Lukas couldnt train a dog to sit....
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
A top trainer thinking that it is a good idea to run a dehydrated horse back in one week. Why do the vets allow a horse that they are purposely dehydrating, allowed to run without recovery ? The lasix treated horse loses its natural instinct to drink fluids to recover. Why is it okay to make horses lose their intelligence ?
mike More than 1 year ago
Joel,I'm totally on board with your comments- can't stand that old man. His motto seems to be sink or swim.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Perfect description of D .Wayne.Horses are desposable and replacable in his mind.Thanks to ego driven deep pocket owners
Frank More than 1 year ago
The butcher Lukas destroys another one. It was only a matter of time with this filly -- surprised she lasted as long as she did in his barn. I cant believe this guy is a HOFer. His method of training a horse is simply run them until they either breakdown or get hurt -- anyone can do that. The only reason why Lukas was successful is because he was backed by the money and had the horse stock -- pure example of a good/great horse makes a trainer -- no skill at all on Lukas's part.
mike More than 1 year ago
I agree with you more than you'll ever know. He's an old fool.
WMaier More than 1 year ago
Only 1 question for Mr. Horton and Mr. Lukas. Was the Eclipse award worth it?
mike More than 1 year ago
Yes,for the two old fools it was worth it at the expense of the horse.
Donald Martiniak More than 1 year ago
I have no idea what Lukas was thinking running her in the Test off an injury and long layoff. That was just stupid. I would have done an allowance race, see how she did and gone from there. Instead, a nice champion is humiliated in her comeback and ruined in her finale. Nice job. So what if she did not make the Breeders Cup this year, there was always the possibility of running her next year. Thank goodness we have Beholder who has been trained patiently by Richard Mandella and we have a long-lasting star. It was all about ego and money and not what was nest for the filly. Regrettable. I doubt Horton will keep her. He's ancient and probably won't be around to see her foals race. He'll get some quick mega bucks, Lukas will get his cut, and hopefully Take Charge Brandi will at least stay in this country and not disappear in Japan.