Wholelottamo wins the Take Charge Brandi Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $75,000 Take Charge Brandi Stakes on Friday afternoon and it turned out to be a very special race for Thompson Racing LLC’s Wholelottamo, who gave trainer Jayde Gelner the first stakes win of his career. Jayde is the son of longtime Delta Downs trainer Scott Gelner and the grandson of late trainer John Charles Gelner.


Under jockey Thomas Pompell, Wholelottamo stalked an early pace set by Roll Baby and Miss Jana, who covered the opening quarter mile of the seven-furlong affair in 23.38 seconds. As the field approached the second turn it was Miss Jana who drew clear by two lengths while going a half mile in 48.66 seconds. At that point Wholelottamo began to rally and the pair reached the top of the homestretch side by side.


Through the final strides the outcome was still in doubt as Miss Jana dug in at the rail while Wholelottamo stayed right by her tenacious rival until the finish, when she got a narrow lead and prevailed by just a head. Wholelottamo covered the distance over a muddy racetrack in a time of 1:29.89.


The win by Wholelottamo was the third of her career and the second in stakes company. Her previous stakes tally came in the Louisiana Cup Juvenile at Louisiana last August when she was saddled by Scott Gelner. Friday’s paycheck of $45,000 raised Wholelottamo’s bankroll to $148,845 through eight overall starts.


Bred in Louisiana by Cloyce C. Clark, Jr., Wholelottamo is a 3-year-old filly by Mo Tom, out of the A. P. Jet mare Jet’s Tradition.


Sent to the gate as the 3-2 wagering favorite, Wholelottamo paid $5 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.40 to show. Miss Jana was worth $4.80 and $3.80. Taylors Babe returned $10.20 to show.


Delta Downs will wrap up its next-to-last race week on Saturday with another nine-race program starting at 12:55 pm. The featured race is the $75,000 Big Drama Stakes for 3-year-olds competing at seven furlongs.

For more information about the current season visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about the track through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.


Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.


Our Lost Love Wins Take Charge Brandi S. Among Open Company

Take Charge Brandi S.
Delta Downs, 2-28-20, 7 furlongs
Three-Year-Old Fillies, $70,000

Our Lost Love - Take Charge Brandi - 02-28-20
Our Lost Love wins the Take Charge Brandi Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography

Half Ours-Lost Love Baby
Breeder: Tri-Star Racing
Owner: Tri-Star Racing
Trainer: Joseph M. Foster
Jockey: Joel Dominguez

West Bank Baby
Candy Ride (ARG)-Rever de Vous
Breeder: Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (KY)
Owner: Allied Racing Stable, LLC
Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun
Jockey: C.J. McMahon

Green Monster
Breeder: Animal Science Sept/ U of K (KY)
Owner: Wayne T. Davis
Trainer: Shane Wilson
Jockey: Filemon T. Rodriguez



VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs kicked off its final weekend of Thoroughbred racing for 2019-20 on Friday night with an 11-race program that featured a pair of stakes events. The $76,300 Take Charge Brandi was won by Our Lost Love and the $70,600 Owner Appreciation Distaff was annexed by Shes Our Fastest.


The Take Charge Brandi, a seven-furlong test for 3-year-old fillies, was over soon after it began, as Our Lost Love broke sharply form her inside post position and dictated the pace throughout before reporting home 1-1/4 lengths in front of West Bank Baby and Green Monster, who finished another 2-3/4 lengths behind the top pair.


Under jockey Joel Dominguez, the dark bay or brown winner carved out fractional times of 23.57 seconds for the opening quarter mile, 48.41 for the half, and 1:14.17 for three-quarters before finishing up in 1:28.22. The race was contested over a fast track.


The win by Our Lost Love, who is trained by Joey Foster, was the fourth of her seven-race career. She’s won two-of-four starts at Delta Downs. Her $48,000 first-place prize on Friday raised her bankroll to $181,820.


Bred in Louisiana by her owner Tri Star Racing, LLC, Our Lost Love is a 3-year-old filly by Half Ours, out of the Private Vow mare Lost Love Baby.


Sent to the gate as the betting favorite at odds of 3-2, Our Lost Love paid $5 to win, $3.40 to place and $3 to show. West Bank Baby was worth $7.20 to place and $4.80 to show. Green Monster paid $5 to show.


Take Charge Brandi Stakes
Delta Downs, 1-12-18, 7 furlongs, $60,000
3YO fillies

Star Guitar – Yes Sir
B- Brittlyn, Inc.
O- Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
T- Victor Arceneaux
J- D. Saenz

TESTING ONE TWO - The 6th Running of the Take Charge Brandi Stakes - 01-12-18 - R07 - DED-02

The $60,000 Take Charge Brandi Stakes was won impressively by Brittlyn Stable, Inc.’s Testing One Two under jockey Diego Saenz, Friday night at Delta Downs in Vinton, LA.

The Take Charge Brandi was a seven-furlong test for 3-year-old fillies and Testing One Two, who is trained by Victor Arceneaux, used a stalking style plus a strong finish in the stretch to win the event by a widening four lengths over Upset Brewing. Laudation finished another 1-1/2 lengths behind the top pair in third. The winner covered the distance over a fast track in 1:27.08.

The victory by Testing One Two marked her third win in a row and her second straight tally in stakes company. She also took the Louisiana Legacy at Delta Downs on November 17 by an astounding 16-1/2 lengths while making her stakes debut. Testing One Two earned $36,000 for her exploits in the Take Charge Brandi and now boasts a career bankroll of $150,135. 

Bred in Louisiana by her owner, Testing One Two is a bay filly by Star Guitar, out of the Scat Daddy mare Yes Sir.

Sent to the gate as the 6-5 wagering favorite, Testing One Two paid $4.40 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show. Upset Brewing was worth $3.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Laudation returned $3.20 to show.