Take Charge Brandi Emerges from Test Stakes in Good Shape

Take Charge Brandi Emerges from Test Stakes in Good Shape

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According to a report on the Oaklawn Park website, 2014 Eclipse champion 2yo filly Take Charge Brandi came out of her last-place finish in the August 8th Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga in good shape.

Coming off of an injury-induced layoff, Take Charge Brandi set quick fractions of :23.21 and :46.21 in the seven-furlong Test before giving way suddenly at the top of the stretch. Her rapid retreat to last-place led to concern that she might have suffered another injury, but according to the Oaklawn Park article, trainer D. Wayne Lukas says her performance was the result of not being at peak fitness: “She was short,” Lukas said. “Bad training job. I didn’t have her tight enough.”

Prior to her performance in the Test, Take Charge Brandi had been mentioned as a possible starter for the August 29th Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, where she might have faced Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. But for the moment, there are no definite plans for Take Charge Brandi’s next race.

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J. Keeler Johnson is a writer, blogger, videographer, and all-around horse racing enthusiast who was drawn to the sport by Curlin's quest to become North America's richest racehorse. A great fan of racing history, he considers Dr. Fager to be the greatest racehorse ever produced in America, but counts Zenyatta as his all-time favorite. He lives in Wisconsin and also writes for the Bloodhorse.com blog Unlocking Winners.

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