09/28/2015 4:41PM

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.