04/17/2014 12:53PM

Take Charge Lady named Kentucky's Broodmare of the Year

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Barbara D. Livingston
Take Charge Lady, a multiple Grade 1 winner herself and the dam of champion Will Take Charge, has been named Kentucky's Broodmare of the Year.

Multiple Grade 1 winner and producer Take Charge Lady added another feather to her cap Thursday, as she was honored with the Broodmare of the Year award by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB).

The 15-year-old Dehere mare, whose season was highlighted by the racetrack performance of champion son Will Take Charge, was honored with the award – presented since 1946 –as part of the Kentucky-bred champions program, presented at an annual awards luncheon in Lexington, Ky.

Will Take Charge joined his dam in the honors, as he was recognized as the outstanding Kentucky-bred 3-year-old of 2013. Wise Dan was named Kentucky's Horse of the Year, champion older male, and champion turf male for the second straight year.

Take Charge Lady, a $4.2 million purchase by Eaton Sales on behalf of a partnership at the 2004 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, is the dam of four winners from five starters, including Will Take Charge and Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy.

Will Take Charge, a son of Unbridled's Song, blossomed in the second half of last year to win the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, and Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby. After finishing second in a photo in the Breeders' Cup Classic, he captured the Grade 1 Clark Handicap to secure the Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old male. Three Chimneys Farm bought into Willis Horton's colt following that campaign. Racing for the partnership, Will Take Charge finished second in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap and Santa Anita Handicap to start this year – both behind track record-setting performances – before capturing the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap last Saturday.

Take Charge Indy, who raced for Chuck and Maribeth Sandford, won the Grade 1 Florida Derby and finished second in the Clark in 2012. He returned last season to win the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes and place in the Grade 1 Donn. The son of A.P. Indy is standing his first season this year at WinStar Farm.

Take Charge Lady has also been a commercial success. Her first foal, the Seeking the Gold filly Charming, sold for $3.2 million to trainer Todd Pletcher, as agent, at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale. It ranks as the fifth-highest price tag for a filly at the Keeneland September sale. The mare's most recent foal to go through the ring, an Indian Charlie filly now named I'll Take Charge, sold for $2.2 million to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm during the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale, the second-highest price at the auction.

Take Charge Lady is the dam of a yearling filly by War Front, and was bred back to that popular young commercial sire for this year.

Take Charge Lady won 11 of 22 starts during her own racing career for Select Stable, earning $2,480,377. She was purchased for $175,000 by trainer Ken McPeek at the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale, and was a Grade 2 winner as a juvenile. She blossomed the following season, capturing, in succession, the Grade 3 Silverbulletday Stakes, Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks, and Grade 1 Ashland Stakes before finishing second in the Kentucky Oaks. She rebounded to win the Grade 3 Dogwood Stakes before defeating her elders in the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes. She added a second win in the Spinster the following season.

Out of the unraced Rubiano mare Felicita, Take Charge Lady is a half-sister to Grade 3-placed stakes winners Commendation and Eventail, the latter the dam of Grade 2 winner Straight Story. She is also a half-sister to unplaced Jessi Take Charge, dam of Grade 2-placed Northern Giant. Felicita was a half-sister to three stakes horses, and to She's Got Class, the dam of Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner and $1.9 million-earner Chamberlain Bridge.

2013 Kentucky-bred champions and their breeders:

Broodmare of the Year: Take Charge Lady (William Schettine)
Horse of the Year, older male, turf male: Wise Dan (Morton Fink)
2-year-old colt: Shared Belief (Pam and Martin Wygod)
2-year-old filly: She’s a Tiger (Dr. Rodney Orr)
3-year-old colt: Will Take Charge (Eaton)
3-year-old filly: Beholder (Clarkland Farm)
Older female: Royal Delta (Palides Investments)
Turf female: Mizdirection (Joseph Perrotta)
Sprinter: Groupie Doll (Fred and William Bradley)
Steeplechase: Gustavian (Whitewood Stables)
Racing aboard: Declaration of War (Joseph Allen)

2013 Merit awards:

P.A.B. Widener Trophy for KTOB Breeder of the Year: Ken and Sarah Ramsey
Hardboot Breeder Award: Ted Bates
Charles W. Engelhard Award: Barbara Livingston
W.T. Young Humanitarian Award: Warren Rosenthal

2013 Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) leaders:

KTDF Sire of the Year: Kitten’s Joy
KTDF Earner of the Year: Temeraine
KTDF Owner of the Year: Ken and Sarah Ramsey
KTDF Trainer of the Year: Mike Maker
KTDF Breeder of the Year: Ken and Sarah Ramsey