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Jockey Victor Espinoza doesn't look very happy as owner Willis Horton leads Take Charge Brandi to the winner's circle

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Results

Date: 11/01/2014

Saturday Results Summary:   Juvenile Fillies   Turf Sprint   F&M Sprint   F&M Turf   Juvenile   Sprint   Turf   Mile   Classic
Friday Results Summary: Juvenile Turf  -  Juvenile Fillies Turf  -  Dirt Mile  -  Distaff
Entries   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

Kicking off the Championship races on Saturday was the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), featuring the best 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Chandelier Stakes (G1) winner Angela Renee was sent off as the lukewarm 7-2 favorite in the field of 12. In to challenge her included 4-1 second choice Conquest Eclipse, second in the Chandelier after finishing third in the Del Mar Debutante (G1), and 9-2 third choice Puca, a 16-length maiden winner last out.

Take Charge Brandi leads down the stretch

Jockey Victor Espinoza sent 62-1 longest shot Take Charge Brandi to the front first time past the stands and she set fractions of 22.22, 45.99, and 1:10.07 over the fast track while stalked by 52-1 Hennythelovepenny and 14-1 By The Moon. At the top of the stretch, Take Charge Brandi stubbornly continued to lead, getting the mile in 1:35.39. 6-1 fourth choice Top Decile put in a late rally from 7th but Take Charge Brandi held her off by 1/2 a length for the huge upset in 1:41.95. It was another 1/2 length back to 15-1 Wonder Gal third, while favorite Angela Renee finished 10th beaten 13 1/2 lengths.

Take Charge Brandi wins the Juvenile Fillies
Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 6   Take Charge Brandi Espinoza        125.40  51.40 24.80
11   Top Decile         Napravnik                7.20  5.40
10   Wonder Gal         Smith                          9.40

Winning Time:  1:41.95

$1 Exacta 6-11                       778.60
$1 Trifecta 6-11-10               11,309.00
$1 Superfecta 6-11-10-1           97,620.00
Results chart

Left: Take Charge Brandi in the winner's circle. Jockey Victor Espinoza said, "She had plenty of speed on her own.  But I want to make sure that she breaks sharp and to be able to take the lead.  But saying that not force her too much, not overdo her.  But when she broke nice and she took the lead, I was cruising down the back side.  She was special.  She's a little filly, but she has a lot of talent."

Right: Take Charge Brandi heads back to the barn after the race. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said, "We never give up on one, especially if they're bred this brilliantly.  She's got such a pedigree, and anytime I think you train a race horse and you see it at some point, you're liable to get it on a given day. I think our ultimate goal would try to be in one of these big ones again, and that would be the Kentucky Oaks.  We'll spend the whole winter trying to get there."


The trophy presentation with owner Willis D. Horton (left) and trainer D. Wayne Lukas (right). Horton said, "I'm happy to win it.  Proud of the way Victor rode her.  He done a terrific job.  Wayne's done a good job in training her and everything.  And now I get to rejoice for a minute. The big thing that I really am proud of is that she is a part of the family of the big horse, Will Take Charge.  I'm looking for a great future in this filly, and to go on with her and hope I get to come back to the Breeders' Cup next year."

Left: Second place finisher Top Decile in the post parade. Jockey Rosie Napravnik said, "We had a good trip. I got through the first turn without losing much ground, but I had to go about three-wide on the second turn.  I think the track was playing a little differently today than it was yesterday and she was running against the bias. She finished well. She's a good filly."

Right: Third place finisher Wonder Gal returns after the race. Trainer Leah Gyarmati said, "I am very proud of her!  She really showed she belongs with this caliber of horses. I think speed is a huge advantage here and closers are at a distinct disadvantage, yet in spite of that she came running."


Beaten favorite and 10th place finisher Angela Renee returns to be unsaddled. Trainer Todd Pletcher said, "She got creamed from both sides leaving the gate and got shuffled back going into the first turn. She never really got into a rhythm. The way the track's playing, it's hard to make up ground."

Saturday Results Summary:   Juvenile Fillies   Turf Sprint   F&M Sprint   F&M Turf   Juvenile   Sprint   Turf   Mile   Classic
Friday Results Summary: Juvenile Turf  -  Juvenile Fillies Turf  -  Dirt Mile  -  Distaff
Entries   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

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