$350,500 STARLET STAKES (GI)
1 1/16 miles
VICTOR ESPINOZA (Winner, Take Charge Brandi): "This is an exceptional filly. To win the Breeders' Cup (Juvenile Fillies Nov. 1) and then go to Delta Downs and win (the Grade III Delta Princess Nov. 22) and win and then come back with this race is amazing. I was a little surprised at first that she made that easy a lead, but once she gets to that cruising speed, she's so quick it's hard for the others to keep up with her. I was just focused on my horse in the stretch. It seemed like when she felt them coming, she dug in and wasn’t going to let them by."
MIKE SMITH (Second, Feathered): "We had a great trip and she ran a big race. I was hoping for a little more pace, but it didn’t work out that way."
D. WAYNE LUKAS (Winner, Take Charge Brandi): “It’s completely changed her since we decided just to leave her alone and let her run her race. We tried to get too cute with her during the summer and finally, I woke up and said I’ll just leave her alone. We made that decision and it’s worked. The whole purpose of coming here was to take the doubt out of it (the Eclipse Award for 2-year-old filly) if we could and I didn’t think we had to win to do that. I told (owner) Willis (Horton) that if we ran 1-2-3 we would still be very much in the picture. People have been so gracious here. People that I haven’t seen for years, fans I recognized from being here every night when we were running the quarter horses. It’s wonderful.’’