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Charged Cotton Wins As The Choice In All Brandy Stakes
LAUREL, MD. 09-15-12---Sagamore Farm’s Charged Cotton left the starting gate as the 7-5 favorite and lived up to top billing with a rallying score in the $100,000 All Brandy Stakes for registered Maryland-bred fillies and mares at Laurel Park.
The All Brandy was contested over the firm turf and included ten starters. Horacio Karamanos was at the controls as Charged Cotton, a lightly raced daughter of Dehere, stalked the pace from fifth before swinging three wide into the stretch and overtaking frontrunner Daydreamin Gracie, before holding off a late surge by longshot Grant Park to win by a length and a quarter.
“My horse broke inside so I saved ground, as much as I can,” said Karamanos. “I waited for the moment. At the eighth pole she wanted to go, so I wait a little more. I let her run a little bit. We got into the stretch and I said ‘go to her now’.”
Charged Cotton, who is trained by Ignacio Correas, IV, completed the nine furlong distance in 1:47.05 and paid $4.80.
“She had some behavior problems,” said Correas. “We worked hard. It’s nice to have a home-bred who is a stakes winner. She only has room to improve and I think she has a nice future in front of her.”
Charged Cotton improved her record to three wins in five starts, which have all been across the turf. This was her first stakes win.
“She showed us she had talent and there was something there,” added Correas. “But she can be difficult to work with. She tells us what she likes and we adapt.”
Baltimore Belle, the program favorite, finished a disappointing fifth after attending the pace just ahead of the ultimate winner.
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.