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Take Charge Brandi Pushing to be 2YO Princess….or Champion

Take Charge Brandi Pushing to be 2YO Princess….or Champion: The Delta Downs Princess is a one-mile contest for two-year-old fillies for a total purse of $500,000. Run annually, beginning in 2002, the contest has seen promising fillies come and go. This year, Delta Downs has attracted a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly winner in Take Charge Brandi. Was her victory a fluke or is she the real deal? Can any filly in the field derail the filly that D. Wayne Lukas is making a late Eclipse Award push with? If she does win, can she be the Champion Two-Year-Old filly?

Delta Downs Princess 2014

This year, Delta Downs has attracted a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly winner in Take Charge Brandi. Was her victory a fluke or is she the real deal?
Photo: Kari Ward

The race is the sixth on the November 22 card.

Danessa Deluxe (12/1) – Rios and Sano team up to help this filly take the next step up into graded competition. Never out of the money in four career starts, Danessa Deluxe has been exclusively raced at Gulfstream Park. Can this filly take to the tight turns of this track?

Lil Super Bear (20/1) – Jockey Hamilton and trainer Gustafson are hoping their $85,000 two-year-old can repeat her most recent stakes win, which came in the Permian Basin Stakes at Zia Park. She likes to sit off the leaders and pounce in the stretch

Temper Mint Patty (8/1) – Rosario and Romans team up here to attempt to get the Congrat filly into the winners’ circle. Temper Mint Patty broke her maiden first out at Saratoga and has since won and placed in two listed stakes races at Belmont Park. Can she take to the Delta Downs tighter turns?

Miss Mandate (10/1) – Bridgmohan and Casse aren’t strangers when it comes to teaming up. This filly only broke her maiden in her last outing after four previous attempts. Maybe she is putting it all together now, but can she beat the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner?

Skipalute (6/1) – Lanerie and Kenneally team up on this Midnight Lute filly to try and break her maiden. Yes, 6/1 on the maiden, who was most recently second in the G2 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park. Will She like the tighter turns or the extra two furlongs?

Take Charge Brandi (2/1) – Victor Espinoza doesn’t have the Lukas trained filly this time around. Paco Lopez is getting his shot to get the filly home in front. A 60-1 winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, this race should be her easiest race to date, but this is a quick turnback for the young Giant’s Causeway filly. Can she put another win on her already polished record?

Vivian Da Bling (3/1) – This filly already has a stakes win at Delta Downs to her credit, so no questions on if she likes the track and tight turns. Jockey Rosier and trainer Calhoun believe she has a shot to take down Take Charge Brandi, and 3/1 is a great morning line for this filly. The extra furlong should not be a problem either, as she won by 8 lengths in her last race, going 7 furlongs.

Spooled (15/1) – De La Cruz and Arias team up to try to get their Indiana-bred to the winners’ circle. Only one start away from Indiana Grand Race Course resulted in an 8th place finish in the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Mountaineer. She has already won a listed stakes at 1 mile and 70 yards, but can she beat higher quality horses, such as take Charge Brandi?

Sharla Rae (10/1) – Frey teams up with Doug O’Niell’s assistant, Mora, to attempt to win the Princess. Sharla Rae is a daughter of Afleet Alex, who has ran against top quality horses. She has won two listed stakes and was fourth in the G2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar. Her last start was a win at Golden Gate Field. Can she run down this pack of horses?

Majestic Presence (8/1) – Tyler Baze and Jerry Hollendorfer send this filly out to try to get her back in the winners circle. After breaking her maiden in her second start, the filly has placed 4th and 9th in two grade one events, including the breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Can she get the job done here, with a step down in class?

Divine Dawn (12/1) (AE) – The only way this filly runs is if another scratches. Larry Jones and Kerwin Clark are hoping this impressive maiden winner can draw in. If she does, she may have a shot, but against this field, she may need a little more time to mature.

Lovely Maria (12/1) (AE) – This Larry Jones trained filly broke her maiden at Delaware Park before finishing second in an Allowance at Keeneland. While she was 4 ½ lengths in front of the third horse, she was almost 5 lengths behind the first horse. If she draws in, can she get the job done?

My Picks: I am going to play a $10 exacta box with Take Charge Brandi, Spooled, Vivian Da Bling. If any of these three finish 1-2, I can cash in with some decent change in my pocket.

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