Updated on 09/17/2011 11:35AM

Take Charge Lady holds off You

Take Charge Lady ($3.00) and Edgar Prado hold on to win the $500,000 Overbrook Spinster Stakes by a head.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - It wasn't the prettiest of wins, but that won't prevent the Keeneland record books from noting the significance of the victory Sunday by Take Charge Lady in the $500,000 .

Take Charge Lady, the 1-2 favorite in a field of six, appeared on her way to a smashing win in the 48th running of the Grade 1 Spinster, but the filly grew alarmingly weary in the final yards when holding on by a diminishing head over You. Whatever the case, the triumph makes Take Charge Lady the first horse to win four of the top-tier races at Keeneland and just the fourth to win two runnings of the Spinster, the track's annual fall showcase for fillies and mares.

"She was trying real hard," said Edgar Prado, who rode Take Charge Lady to win the Spinster for the second straight year. "She got a little tired the last 70 yards, but these kinds of horses give you everything to the wire."

Before an ontrack crowd of 12,110, Miss Linda held a short early lead over You, with Take Charge Lady tracking from a striking position. Prado elected to guide his mount outside of the top two going into the far turn, and after straightening for home, Take Charge Lady took full command and seemed all set for a runaway score.

But then she began shortening stride, and as You, the 2-1 second choice for jockey Jerry Bailey and trainer Bobby Frankel, began gaining furiously on the rail, the wire arrived in the nick of time. Miss Linda finished four lengths behind in third, followed by Printemps, Desert Gold, and Reason to Talk.

Take Charge Lady, a 4-year-old Dehere filly owned by the Select Stable of Jerry and Feye Bach, returned $3 after finishing 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.57 over a fast track. Her next start will come in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Distaff.

"We didn't want to overdo it for this race, before the Distaff," said trainer Ken McPeek. Take Charge Lady has run her two worst races in the Breeders' Cup (2001 Juvenile Fillies and 2002 Distaff), but "we're hoping to make amends this time," said McPeek.