Take Charge Brandi Set for Pocahontas

Churchill Downs Saturday card also features On Fire Baby in Locust Grove Stakes.

Grade III-placed Take Charge Brandi will aim for her breakthrough stakes win Saturday, Sept. 6, when she faces an expected nine other 2-year-old fillies in the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas will try for his fourth Pocahontas victory when he saddles Willis Horton's Take Charge Brandi on Saturday. Take Charge Brandi is out of the winning Seeking the Gold mare Charming, a daughter of multiple grade I winner and reigning Broodmare of the Year Take Charge Lady, who has produced champion 3-year-old male Will Take Charge  and Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Take Charge Indy.

Horton and Lukas campaign Will Take Charge, who won last year's Travers Stakes (gr. I) and Clark Handicap (gr. I), and finished a close second in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

Take Charge Brandi will be returning to Churchill where she won her maiden special weight debut by 2 1/2 lengths June 22. Since then, Take Charge Brandi finished second in the Schulylerville Stakes (gr. III) and fifth in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course.

The Pocahontas is the initial "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" points race used to determine the 2015 Oaks (gr. I) field should more than 14 fillies enter. The Pocahontas also is a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" race to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

Some of the promising fillies awaiting Take Charge Brandi include stakes-placed Rachel's Ready, by More Than Ready ; as well as debut winners Cristina's Journey, by Any Given Saturday; Pangburn, by Congrats ; and True to You, by Scat Daddy.

Older fillies and mares also will be spotlighted on Saturday's Churchill card when locally based grade I winner and fan favorite On Fire Baby goes for the sixth graded stakes win of her career. A homebred for Anita Cauley, two-time grade I winner On Fire Baby boasts three graded stakes wins at Churchill, including this year's La Troienne (gr. I) and the 2011 Golden Rod (gr. II) and Pocahontas (gr. II) Stakes.

She could be challenged by last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Ria Antonia, who will face older fillies and mares for the first time. Ria Antonia has not won in six starts this season.  

Entries: Pocahontas S. (G2)

Churchill Downs, Saturday, September 06, 2014, Race 10

  • Grade II
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 5:27 PM (local)
11Loom (KY)Joseph Rocco, Jr.118Victoria H. Oliver-
22Queen's Ready (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDidiel A. Osorio118Gennadi Dorochenko-
33Phoenix Park (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateChris Landeros118James J. Toner-
44Cristina's Journey (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMiguel Mena118Dale L. Romans-
55Pangburn (KY)Joel Rosario118Kenneth G. McPeek-
66Frolic to the Wire (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJesus Lopez Castanon118Milton W. Wolfson-
77Rachel's Ready (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateShaun Bridgmohan118David R. Vance-
88Take Charge Brandi (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie118D. Wayne Lukas-
99Milehigh Butterfly (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateBrian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.118William R. Connelly-
1010True to You (FL)Marcelino Pedroza118Thomas M. Amoss-

Entries: Locust Grove S.

Churchill Downs, Saturday, September 06, 2014, Race 8

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:24 PM (local)
11Baby Fresh (KY)Ricardo Santana, Jr.121Ben Delong-
22Tapit's World (FL)Chris Landeros121Kenneth G. McPeek-
33On Fire Baby (KY)Joe M. Johnson125Gary G. Hartlage-
44Frivolous (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.121Victoria H. Oliver-
55Ria Antonia (KY)Joel Rosario118Thomas M. Amoss-
66Don't Tell Sophia (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoseph Rocco, Jr.121Philip A. Sims-
77Molly Morgan (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie123Dale L. Romans-