Take Charge Brandi may have clinched an Eclipse Award as champion two-year-old filly by leading all the way in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,500 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos.
Willis Horton's well-bred filly added 10 more Kentucky Oaks points to her total of 30, which tops the leaderboard. She had scored 10 apiece for her previous victories in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Delta Downs Princess.
Trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Victor Espinoza of California Chrome fame, Take Charge Brandi was all heart down the stretch to fend off Feathered and Maybellene and extend her winning streak to three. She negotiated 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 and paid $4.60 to win.
Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group's Condo Commando took the lead soon after the start of Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct and never looked back en route to an effortless 11 1/2-length victory under jockey Joel Rosario. The Rudy Rodriguez-trained juvenile lived up to her 3-2 favoritism while finishing 1 1/8 miles over the fast main track in 1:50 2/5.
The Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle, a nine-furlong test for juvenile fillies at Aqueduct on Saturday, attracted a field of eight, including Grade 1 scorers Condo Commando and Angela Renee.
Condo Commando registered her first two wins at Saratoga by a combined margin of 25 1/4 lengths, including the seven-furlong Spinaway in the slop. An odds-on favorite to repeat in wet conditions in the Frizette, the Rudy Rodriguez trainee instead endured a wide rating trip and settled for fourth in a field of seven.
After placing in the Adirondack and Spinaway, Angela Renee shipped west to take the Chandelier by 1 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita for trainer Todd Pletcher. The daughter of Bernardini was the 3-1 favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, but made no impact after being bumped early over a track favoring speed.
Jacaranda enters undefeated from two starts, including a 3 1/2-length triumph in the one-mile Tempted earlier this month. Also unbeaten from two starts is Quezon, who has won both starts by six lengths each, albeit against New York-bred company. Her latest was a stakes triumph in the $250,000 Maid of Mist at Belmont.
Gap Year was favored to win the Alcibiades at Keeneland despite being a maiden, but endured a horribly wide trip. She came back to register her first win over the same track by a nose. Calamity Kate, who broke her maiden at Belmont by six lengths in September, was another who didn't fare well in the Alcibiades due to a wide journey.
Willis D. Horton's Take Charge Brandi wasn't given much of a chance in Saturday's Grade 1, $1.84 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, as evidenced by her 61-1 odds, but the chestnut miss obviously didn't pay any attention to the toteboard as she wired the 1 1/16-mile contest by a half-length.
A sloppy, sealed track was no detriment for Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon on Saturday at Belmont Park as she pulled off a 2 1/4-length victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette Stakes under jockey Jose Ortiz.
Siena Farm LLC's homebred Angela Renee saved ground on the backstretch of Saturday's Grade 1, $301,750 Chandelier at Santa Anita Park, angled out rounding the turn under jockey Rafael Bejarano and held off the determined late run from 2-1 favorite Conquest Eclipse to score a 1 1/2-length victory.
After her impressive gate-to-wire, 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday's Pocahontas at Churchill Downs, GSN Racing LLC's Cristina's Journey was reported by trainer Dale Romans to have exited the race in good form.
The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (Grade I) has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” The series of 35 select races – 19 “Prep Season” races and 16 “Championship Series” races – will determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 2, 2015.
Amerman Racing Stables' Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge to surge past longshot Dame Marie to score a half-length victory in the 29th running of the $336,900 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (Grade II) Presented by Longines for fillies and mares, the first of six graded stakes on Kentucky Derby Day.
UNTAPABLE – With an authoritative 4 ½-length win in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable made a case that she could be the top 3-year-old in the nation, male or female, regardless of the result in today’s Kentucky Derby. The Tapit filly remains undefeated, and virtually unchallenged, in 2014 and her final time was a mere .04 seconds off the Oaks record set by Bird Town in 2003.
Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC's Untapable cruised to a 4 ½-length victory over My Miss Sophia to win the 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 113,071. The attendance was the third largest in Oaks history.
Despite being washed out in the post parade, Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC's homebred Untapable kept her cool when Empress of Midway acted up and got stuck in the starting gate of Friday's Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks.
Randy Patterson's Moonshine Mullin re-rallied at the sixteenth pole to overtake Golden Ticket to win by a half-length in the 11th running of the $342,000 Alysheba (Grade II) Presented by Besilu Stables for 4-year-olds and up.