Take Charge!

A beautiful yearling sold today at Keeneland, a filly by Indian Charlie out of the amazing mare Take Charge Lady. Mandy Pope won her with a final bid of $2.2 million. If that name seems familiar, it’s probably because she purchased 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace last year for a whopping $10 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sale. Pope then paid $4.2 million for Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty a day or two later. She’s certainly collecting a stellar group of fillies and mares.

Take Charge Lady won multiple Grade 1, 2, and 3 races during her career on the track and earned over $2.4 million as a race horse. As a broodmare she has produced several foals, including Grade 1 winners Take Charge Indy (’12 Florida Derby) and Will Take Charge (’13 Travers Stakes). Both of those colts participated in the Kentucky Derby, and Will Take Charge went on to participate in the Preakness and Belmont as well.

It’ll be fun to see how their little sister fares at the track! She should head into training next year if all goes well.

May 3, 2012: Calvin Borel and Take Charge Indy at Churchill Downs.

May 3, 2012: Calvin Borel and Take Charge Indy head out for a gallop at Churchill Downs. Check out their matching tongues.

May 18, 2013: Will Take Charge chows down on the grass behind the stakes barn at Pimlico after the Preakness.

Onward to the Preakness!

May 2, 2013: Impressive Kentucky Derby winner Orb flies around the track a few mornings before his win in the slop at Churchill Downs.

I’m headed to Baltimore for racing at Pimlico on Friday and Saturday. This will be my first Black-Eyed Susan day, but I’ve been to the Preakness for the last few years. Once again, I’m not allowed to take my good camera because of increased security due to the Boston bombings, but at least the weather should be better than the freezing rain we had at the Derby!

Speaking of the Derby, several of the horses that ran in the Derby are also taking a shot at the Preakness. Here’s a look at a few that I spotted on the track while I was at Churchill Downs.

May 2, 2013: Oxbow will get another shot at Orb in the Preakness. It’s interesting to note that while he’s technically a bay, Oxbow’s coat is full of grey hairs that make him look slightly pale in photos.

May 2, 2013: Will Take Charge gallops at Churchill Downs. His half-brother, Take Charge Indy, ran in the 2012 Kentucky Derby.

May 2, 2013: Itsmyluckyday will hopefully have more luck in the Preakness after finishing 15th in the Kentucky Derby. He’s just so lovely!

May 2, 2013: Goldencents is a bright, beautiful son of Into Mischief, but faded to finish 17th in the Derby.