2015 Martha Washington Stakes

Martha Washington at Oaklawn

Take Charge BrandiIt is time again to preview Oaklawn Park’s Martha Washington Stakes for three year old fillies going a distance of 1 mile for a purse of  $100,000. The morning line favorite is D. Wayne Lukas’ Take Charge Brandi with Jon Court in the irons. She has been off since December 13, but won her last three in a row. She likes to get out of the gate and try to take it wire to wire. She has been in graded stakes company since she broke her maiden in June of 2014. She will be a formidable foe. Second in the ML is Steven Asmussen’s Indian Annie with Ricardo Santana in the saddle. This lightly raced filly is coming off of a four length victory in an optional claiming $50,000 race. She too likes to be on or close to the lead. I believe her trainer is being a little ambitious here, but with three year olds you never can tell. I am sure Asmussen knows his horse much better than I can read the form on her.

Sarah SisThird choice in the morning line is Ingrid Mason’s Sarah Sis with Julio Felix getting the call to ride. This is another filly who seems to like the lead, but in her last start she stalked the pace and came up just a neck short in the Dixie Bell Stakes right here at Oaklawn. The trainer wants to strike while the iron is hot, so to speak, and I don’t blame her. Horses have cycles they run in and she seems to be on top of her game. This one is way too easy for me. I think they got it right this time and the favorite is legitimate. She has faced so many graded stakes horses as a two year old and now begins her campaign in an easy stakes race with fillies who have been lightly raced. However this could be a tune up for something down the road. I wish I could read Lukas’ mind, but I can’t. I just have to go by what I see on paper. It should be a walk in the park for  Take Charge Brandi. I like Sarah Sis to lay just off the pace like she did in the Dixie Bell and finish second with Sweet Corinna finishing third. Happy Handicapping Gals and Guys!



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