Last year’s Champion 2YO Filly, Take Charge Brandi (3f Giant’s Causeway x Charming, by Seeking the Gold) started her 2015 season with a win in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park on the weekend.
She led throughout and fought off a determined bid from runner-up Sarah Sis to take the one mile event by a head.
“This was a comeback race and we’re obviously glad to have it under our belts,” said her trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
“She was a little erratic through the stretch, but it was her first time here. It gives us something to build on. The big thing is getting this under her belt and moving on to the next one.”
Take Charge Brandi has the overall record of five wins from nine starts with $1.6 million in the bank.
A $435,000 Keeneland September purchase for Willis Horton, Take Charge Brandi is the second winner from Charming, a half-sister by Seeking the Gold to Grade I winners Will Take Charge and Take Charge Indy from triple Grade I winner Take Charge Lady.