2014’s best two-year-old filly takes on the hottest filly of 2015 in the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at PARX on Saturday afternoon.
PARX has an eleven race card which include five stakes races, including the Pennsylvania Derby (Gr. 2) as well as the $1,000,000.00 Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes for three-year-old fillies with a post time of 4:05pm EST.
Take Charge Brandi (5-1 Morning Line), who won the 2014 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies to start a streak of four straight stakes wins before suffering a knee chip injury that kept her out of the Kentucky Oaks where she would have most likely gone off as the favorite, makes her second start back after fading to last in the Longines Test Stakes (Gr. 1) at Saratoga on August 8th. The D. Wayne Lukas trained filly may have needed that race under her belt as it was her first race since January and she set a very quick early pace with fractions of 0:46.1 and 1:10.2 that day which she couldn’t sustain down the stretch. Lukas has shown success with horses second off a layoff of 180+ days so Take Charge Brandi should be ready to go on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Larry Jones trained I’m a Chatterbox (3-1ML) is the current favorite and has three wins, two seconds and a third in six stakes races in 2015. She is fresh off a second place finish in the Alabama (Gr. 1) at Saratoga on August 22nd when she could not catch Embellish the Lace, who had a perfect trip. Florent Geroux will be in the irons once again for I’m a Chatterbox as he has since Jones took over as the trainer in November 2014.
Embellish the Lace (4-1 ML), coming off the win in the Alabama Stakes will look to J.J. Castellano for another great ride on Saturday. In the Alabama, Castellano took her to the front of the pack from the gate and never relinquished the lead. The Anthony Dutrow trained filly should be a factor again in the Cotillion Stakes as she has been working well since her Alabama win.
Some other horses to keep an eye on in the Cotillion on Saturday include:
Eskenformoney (6-1ML) – This Todd Pletcher trainee was last seen charging down the stretch in the Monmouth Oaks on August 22nd for a second place finish. She has hit the board in four of six appearances in 2015.
Peace and War (8-1 ML) – Since Graham Motion took over training responsibilities following an 8th place finish in the Pat Day Mile on Kentucky Derby day, this daughter of War Front has back-to-back second place finishes, and Joel Rosario gets the ride.
Calamity Kate (10-1 ML) – She has not raced since a win in the Delaware Oaks on July 15th, but the Kelly Breen trainee has shown the ability to compete at this level and Breen has had success in graded stakes, may surprise.
Although this race leads up to the Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday, this appears on paper to be the best race of the afternoon.
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