After a record-setting efficiency on the spring/summer time meet at Belmont Park, coach Chad Brown thought he would possibly get out of the gate slightly gradual at Saratoga Race Course.
Midway by way of the 40-day meet on the Spa, Brown has picked up proper the place he left off at Belmont, the place he gained 47 races on the way in which to his seventh consecutive title.
At halftime of the Spa meet, Brown has 23 winners—he added two Aug. 10—seven greater than Todd Pletcher.
“It is laborious to do,” Brown, sitting in his workplace on the Oklahoma Coaching Monitor, mentioned Wednesday about sustaining profitable methods from one profitable meet into one other. “By some means, we have now been capable of maintain it going and the horses have stayed in type. It reveals you the depth of our secure, and my total staff is so centered on getting the horses to carry out on race day. Very pleased with them.”
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With 20 days to go, Brown, who took three of the final 4 Saratoga titles, is cautiously optimistic that he might have a greater second half than the primary.
And his first 20 days had been fairly good.
“I do really feel like we have now a great second half of the meet developing so far as what horses I see scheduled to return up,” he mentioned. “However you may by no means take something with no consideration with the climate, the well being of the horses. Issues can activate a dime on this sport. I simply hope we maintain everybody wholesome transferring ahead and we do not have too many wet days.”
Brown continues to be searching for his first win within the $1.25 million Travers Stakes, which will probably be run Aug. 27. He mentioned he’s “undoubtedly” pointing Jeff Drown’s Zandon , second within the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) July 30, and Juddmonte’s Artorius , winner of the Curlin Stakes July 26, to the Midsummer Derby.
He mentioned he has but to resolve the place he’ll run Klaravich Stables’ Early Voting , the Preakness Stakes (G1) winner however final of 4 within the Jim Dandy.
Naughty Gal Might Run Subsequent in Spinaway
Corridor of Fame coach D. Wayne Lukas has modified his thoughts. Naughty Gal , the winner of the $200,000 Adirondack Stakes (G3) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 7, goes to stay round.
Naughty Gal wins the Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga
Lukas mentioned Wednesday that Naughty Gal could run subsequent within the $300,000 Spinaway Stakes (G1) Sept. 4.
“I’ve bought to vary gears after I watched Naughty Gal run the opposite day,” Lukas mentioned exterior his barn.
Initially, Lukas was going to run BC Stables’ Summer time Promise , third within the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) opening day, within the seven-furlong Spinaway. After Naughty Gal gained the 6 1/2-furlong Adirondack, Lukas mentioned he would probably run her within the $500,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) Oct. 7 at Keeneland or the $300,000 Pocahontas Stakes (G3) Sept. 17 at Churchill Downs. Each races are 1 1/16 miles.
These plans have shifted a bit.
“I believe Naughty Gal may have a greater probability to win the Spinaway,” mentioned Lukas, who, together with Todd Pletcher, has gained that race a file six instances. “I believe she has a greater probability, bodily, to get that further distance. It is a greater match. I at all times deal with them like I personal them, I simply must persuade the house owners that it is the neatest thing to do.”
Naughty Gal, winner of two of three profession begins, is owned by Himanshu and Lisa Shukla’s Holy Cow Stables. The daughter of Into Mischief was bred in Florida by Loren Nichols.