Take Charge Brandi Resized

Giant Filly Wins Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Champion sire Giant’s Causeway was in the spotlight at Santa Anita when his brilliant daughter Take Charge Brandi (2f Giant’s Causeway x Charming, by Seeking the Gold) won the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (pictured). Trained by D Wayne Lukas, Take Charge Brandi was explosive when winning on debut earlier in the year, but has been a touch disappointing since before rebounding to win this 1 and 1/16th mile contest by half a length as a long shot. “I thought she had a great week and today I thought we could be a factor–not that we would win it, but that we would do very well,” said Lukas. 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. She has won two of six starts earning $1.1 million and becomes the 144th stakes-winner for Giant’s Causeway, who nearly had the juvenile double with Carpe Diem (2c Giant’s Causeway x Rebridled Dreams, by Unbridled’s Song) finishing second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Adding further lustre to a great day for Giant’s Causeway was progressive colt Protonico (3c Giant’s Causeway x Alpha Spirit by AP Indy), who landed the $200,000 Grade III Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct. Prepared by Todd Pletcher, Protonico raced away to win the 1 1/8th mile contest by two and three-quarter lengths, his overall record now four wins from seven starts with prizemoney just shy of $390,000. A homebred for International Equities Holding, Protonico is the first winner for Alpha Spirit, a sister to stakes-winner Diva Spirit and daughter of Chilean Champion 3YO Filly Wild Spirit.