Take Charge Brandi

Monday Insights: New 3-Year-Olds Look To Graduate On New Year's Day

6th-FG, $52K, Msw, 3yo, f, 6f, 4:15 p.m. Starting the New Year off in Louisiana, WHO'S TICKET (Quality Road) is a daughter of champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi, a mare who has changed hands for sums of $6m, $3.2m and most recently in 2021 when Three Chimneys Farm went to $1.15m for her. Who's Ticket, herself a $450,000 weanling, is a half to SW Courvoisier (Tapit). Take Charge Brandi has seen her branch of the family tree grow more fruitful recently with the success of her half-brother, freshman sire...

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Sunday Insights: Well-Bred Son Of Tapit And Lady Take Charge Debuts At Oaklawn

5th-OP, $115K, Msw, 2yo, 1 1/16m, 3:22 p.m. ET. A $700,000 Keeneland September purchase by Willis Horton Racing and trained by Eddie Milligan Jr., WILL TAKE IT (Tapit) is the first to the post out of unraced Lady Take Charge (War Front). The latter was the top-priced foal at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale when she was hammered down to Whisper Hill Farm for $3.2 million. Eclipse Award winner Take Charge Brandi (Giant's Causeway), a daughter of Lady Take Charge's half-sister Charming (Seeking the Gold), was the overall topper when...

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Owner of Champions Willis Horton Dies

Willis Horton, an owner and breeder in Thoroughbred racing for decades whose Willis Horton Racing campaigned champions Will Take Charge (Unbridled's Song) and Take Charge Brandi (Giant's Causeway), passed away Friday at the age of 82 after a bout with COVID-induced pneumonia. The news was first reported by Daily Racing Form. Originally from Zach, Ark., Horton grew up on a farm and competed in rodeos. His wife of 64 years, Glenda, had a similar upbringing, and the two owned quarter horses before branching out into the world of Thoroughbreds. Horton's...

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Charge It to Granddam's Account

This whole industry, as I've often remarked, turns on a delicate pivot. We need pedigree to hold up sufficiently for the big investors to stay in the game, and incidentally to keep the rest of us in business; but we also need a sufficient number of unaccountable aberrations for the little guy to feel he always has some kind of chance, as well. If the top lot at Keeneland September Book I won the GI Kentucky Derby every year, then almost the whole pyramid beneath would collapse. But nor can...

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Momentum Builds In Keeneland January Opener

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis LEXINGTON, KY - The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, delayed a day due to last week's blizzard, took some time to find its footing, but gained in strength throughout Tuesday's opening session to end the day with figures up compared to its 2020 opening session. "We are very pleased with the way things ended up," said Keeneland's vice president of sales Tony Lacy. "We were expecting a very solid day. There was some nice quality, especially towards the end. And that is...

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Hill 'N' Dale and Three Chimneys Offer Elite Group of Mares at FTKNOV

Three Chimneys Farm and Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency will dissolve a partnership comprised of an elite group of mares and foals selling at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale. The offering includes three-time Grade I winner and 'TDN Rising Star' Guarana (Ghostzapper) in foal to Into Mischief, as well as her dam Magical World (Distorted Humor) (Hip 203), who is also in foal to that red-hot stallion. GI Acorn S. victress Carina Mia (Malibu Moon) (Hip 252) is also part of the offering. The 'TDN Rising Star' is in foal to...

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Leading the Test 'Charge'

Champion Take Charge Brandi (Giant's Causeway)--forced to miss a showdown with American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the Mar. 14 GII Rebel S. due to a non-displaced chip in her right knee--is being aimed at a return for Saratoga's seven-furlong GI Test S. Aug. 8. "We've had her galloping for 30 days [at Churchill Downs with trainer D. Wayne Lukas] and we re X-rayed her leg [Tuesday morning] and everything looked perfect," owner Willis Horton commented. "We sent the X-rays to Dr. Bramlage--I haven't heard back from him at this...

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