It may have taken five starts for C. S. Incharge to find the winner's circle, but the 3-year-old Take Charge Indy filly seems to have found it to her liking. This Saturday's $150,000 Suncoast Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs was her first start since breaking her maiden in January, and C. S. Incharge had to work hard for the 3/4-length victory over even-money favorite Daisy. Off at 7-1, the Dale Romans trainee covered 1 mile and 40 yards in 1:41.40 over the fast main track under jockey Joel Rosario.
The win earns C. S. Incharge, a half-sister to 2016 Preakness runner-up Cherry Wine, 10 points toward the Kentucky Oaks for owners/breeders William Pacella, Frank Jones, and Frank Shoop.
So Refined jumped from the starting gate intent on the lead, but found herself in a four-way rush for that spot heading into the first turn. The filly responded with a big rush to take a three-length advantage heading into the backstretch, marking the first quarter-mile in :23.72. She was followed by C. S. Incharge, Daisy, Belles Orb and Blonde Bomber through a half in :47.29.
Steadying her pace a bit headed into the far turn, So Refined allowed the field to catch up to her lead. Jockeys were beginning to ask their mounts for more at the three-eighths pole, but So Refined moved away again to a two-length lead. It wasn't until the last eighth of a mile that So Refined got run down, but it was C. S. Incharge with a great trip under Rosario to steal the wire over favorite Daisy. Mihrab closed from last to finish third, and So Refined had to settle for fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by her owners, C. S. Incharge is out of the Unbridled's Song mare C. S. Royce, also the dam of 2016 Preakness runner-up Cherry Wine. Her career tally stands at two wins and two thirds from six starts for earnings of over $120,000.
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