Take Charge Brandi Cracks Top Ten

November 24, 2014 –  Take Charge Brandi won the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes at Delta Downs Saturday to move into eighth place on the list of this year’s leading money-winning Thoroughbreds in North America. The 2-year-old Giant’s Causeway filly, winner of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 2, has current year earnings of $1,410,126.

Bayern leads the equine standings with $4,389,680. California Chrome is second with $3,827,800 and Untapable is third with $2,808,600.

Javier Castellano maintained his position atop the North American jockeys’ standings with $24,113,272 in 2014 purse earnings. Joel Rosario is second with $20,492,906 and Irad Ortiz, Jr. moved into third with $18,998,629.

Todd Pletcher continues to dominate the trainers’ money standings with $21,206,787. Chad Brown is second with $14,719,980 and Bob Baffert is third with $13,054,660.

Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in North America and include earnings from all international races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based individuals but include earnings from select international races.

For a listing of the weekly leaders for horses, trainers, and jockeys through November 23, 2014, click here.
Notable News:

Re-Branded Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Goes 'Hollywood' For Its New Fall Meet

Teresa Genaro
Forbes
November 24, 2014

When Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California closed forever last December, it left a hole in the Southern California racing calendar. Hollywood’s racing schedule typically ran from April to mid-July, when Thoroughbred racing headed south to Del Mar for the boutique summer meet, then resumed in November and December.

And while Del Mar is known for its “turf meets the surf” fashionable summer vibe, it didn’t hesitate to step in and take a shot at autumn racing.

“We were happy to raise our hands and say, ‘We’ll take November,’” said Craig Dado, Del Mar’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

Recognizing, though, that the summer tourists that flock to the track in the summer would be in short supply, Del Mar re-branded itself, capitalizing on its SoCal location and adding the occasional allusion to the recently departed track whose dates it assumed.

The inaugural Bing Crosby Season at Del Mar opened on November 7 and closes this Sunday. Crosby was one of the founders of the track that opened in 1930, and it’s his Hollywood style that Del Mar hopes has infused its first fall race meet.

“Old Hollywood style meets classic Southern California cool this November at Del Mar,” read an early press release. Some of Hollywood Park’s stakes races, now moved to Del Mar, have been renamed to advance the theme; the Cat’s Cradle became the Betty Grable; the Hollywood Prevue became the Bob Hope Stakes.  

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Upcoming Industry Events:
  Event Date
* AAEP Annual Convention
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT
December 6-10, 2014
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* Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming
Westin La Paloma Resort, Tucson, AZ
December 8-11, 2014
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* Eclipse Awards
Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, FL
January 19, 2015
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* Jockeys' Guild Assembly
Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, FL
January 19-20, 2015
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The scholarship, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt, is awarded annually to an entering freshman at Vanderbilt who plans a career in sports journalism. In order to apply, high school seniors must apply for admission and complete the online Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship application. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships, Vanderbilt University, 2309 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203-1721; (615) 322-3591 or email scholarships@vanderbilt.edu.

 

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