Oaklawn officials said Take Charge Brandi appears headed for a showdown against top 3-year-old males in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 14, as last year's champion 2-year-old filly will not race in the Honeybee (gr. III).
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Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool 3 closed March 1 with the mutuel field, or "All Others", the tepid 4-1 favorite, while American Pharoah and Dortmund were the top two individual interests.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he hopes to breeze champion filly Take Charge Brandi March 2 at Oaklawn Park in preparation for her next start, possibly against males in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 14.
Virginia-bred Stellar Wind swooped in from the East Coast to claim the $100,000 Santa Ysabel (gr. III) Feb. 28 in her stakes debut at Santa Anita Park.
There are 154 fillies on the list of early nominees to the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), including Willis Horton's 2014 champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi.
Owner Willis Horton confirmed Feb. 25 that the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 14 is under consideration as a target for champion Take Charge Brandi, although a decision has not yet been made.
Three Chimneys Farm's Rainha Da Bateria will enter the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) as the only 3-year-old graded stakes winner in the field of nine, but will lose Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith for the 1 1/16-mile test.
Crediting its racing, casino, and online businesses, Churchill Downs Inc. enjoyed record revenues in 2014, while also finishing the year with record revenues in the fourth quarter.
Streaking champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi is a narrow choice as the favored individual horse, but the ever-popular mutuel field is the morning-line favorite in Kentucky Oaks Future Wager odds.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox rallied from far off the pace to win the $175,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 21 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
As snowflakes began to fall at Aqueduct Racetrack Feb. 21, heavily favored Condo Commando opened her 3-year-old campaign with an impressive front-running victory in the $100,000 Busher Stakes.
Willis Horton's champion Take Charge Brandi posted a five-furlong bullet work in 1:00 2/5 Feb. 21 at Oaklawn Park, a major move in preparation for her upcoming outing in the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) March 7.
The early nomination deadline for the 141st running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs is Saturday, Feb. 21, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, a three-time winner of the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, will send out the duo of Eskenformoney and Enchantress Feb. 21 in the one-mile test for 3-year-old fillies.
Churchill Downs Racetrack and its charitable beneficiaries Bright Pink and Horses and Hope announced nominations and voting have begun for breast and ovarian cancer survivors to walk in the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade.
Silverbulletday winner I'm a Chatterbox was the first stakes winner of 2015 for Munnings, who was one of the leading freshman sires of 2014.
Willis Horton's champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi breezed a half mile at Oaklawn Park Feb. 9.
Despite comments made by the owner of Take Charge Brandi after her win in the Martha Washington Stakes Jan. 31, trainer D. Wayne Lukas says the champion filly will remain pointed toward the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Stretching out for the first time, Callback became a grade I winner Jan. 31 when she took the field gate to wire to win the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita Park for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
Her bid to upset champion Take Charge Brandi in the Starlet (gr. I) falling just short last time out, the Bob Baffert-trained Maybellene appears to be the one to beat in the grade I Las Virgenes Jan. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Few connections wanted to face Take Charge Brandi, but in the end a field of seven was drawn with the champion 2-year-old filly making her sophomore debut from post 6 under a highweight assignment of 122 pounds.
Rocketing from far back, Forum Racing's Birdatthewire easily took the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) in a 12-1 surprise from Gulfstream Park Jan. 24.
Champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi will get a new rider when she makes her sophomore debut Jan. 31 at Oaklawn Park, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said.
Tim O'Donohue's Governmentshutdown and Hillwood Stable's Golden Years share highweight assignment Jan. 24 for the $100,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes, while O'Donohue also has Lake Sebago in the $100,000 Marshua for fillies.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox, by Munnings, takes 3-year-old fillies wire-to-wire in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
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- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Kentucky Oaks, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
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West Coast Belle kept her record perfect in three career starts for owners Gary and Mary West when coming from off the pace to take the $230,400 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs.
Grade I winner Take Charge Brandi will try to secure another lucrative purse when she faces a full field of 2-year-old fillies in the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, Nov. 22.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will kick off its 143rd season of Thoroughbred racing on Friday, November 21.
Recently retired jockey Rosie Napravnik, a two-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and only female rider to win the race in its 140-year history, will be honored Nov. 15, at Churchill Downs.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Kentucky Oaks, Thoroughbred Sales, West Region, Kentucky
Aaron Jones, who enjoyed the heights of success on the racetrack, in breeding horses, and in the sales ring, died Sept. 22 at his Eugene, Ore., home.
Challenged throughout, Cristina's Journey defied all rivals to deliver a front-running victory in the $231,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 6 at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs released the official logos for Kentucky Derby 141 and Kentucky Oaks 141 Sept. 6, and introduced a selection of officially licensed apparel featuring the new marks.
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.
The series of 35 select races--19 "Prep Season" races and 16 "Championship Series" events--is used to determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Churchill Downs Inc. reported July 30 that the track and casino company had record second quarter net revenues of $303.7 million, up 7% over the $283.6 million figure for the same period a year ago.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Untapable will make her first start since cruising to a 4 1/2-length victory in that top Churchill Downs test when she faces an expected five other 3-year-old fillies in the Mother Goose.
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Churchill Downs reported that the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) attendance of 113,071 May 2 was the third-highest in Oaks history as Untapable and jockey Rosie Napravnik pulled away in the stretch for a 4 1/2-length victory.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Untapable, the even-money favorite, drew clear to win the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Based on the will-pays of the Kentucky Oaks-Kentucky Derby double, California Chrome will be a big favorite in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
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Out-of-competition testing on more than 75 horses nominated to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I), as well as other stakes on the May 2-3 cards at Churchill Downs, came back clean.
Untapable, the overwhelming 4-5 morning line favorite in the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), has worked hard for the odds she received.
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