Take Charge Brandi, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2014, is on the mend and slated to ship back to trainer D. Wayne Lukas’s Oaklawn Park barn Saturday after undergoing surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Thursday to insert a pin into her right knee.
Owned by Willis Horton, Take Charge Brandi was slated to face juvenile male champion American Pharoah in the Grade II Rebel Stakes Saturday but was declared out of the race earlier this week when she was found to have a non-displaced chip in her right knee.
Lukas said Friday that Dr. Larry Bramlage said Thursday’s surgery was “textbook” and that the prognosis is 100 percent for the daughter of Giant’s Causeway to return to training after 60 days off.
“Dr. Bramlage was very positive,” Lukas said. “If you’re going to have a setback it turned out about as good as you could hope. They’re going to keep her (at Rood & Riddle) today (Friday) and they’ll release her tomorrow.”
Take Charge Brandi won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, the Delta Princess and Grade I Starlet Stakes at the end of 2014 to cement divisional honors. The chestnut filly won the Martha Washington Stakes in her seasonal bow at Oaklawn on January 31.