Chad Brown has won the Eclipse Award as North America’s leading trainer each of the past two years. He ranks fourth in Breeders’ Cup wins with 10, eight of which have come in the last four years including two in 2017.
Brown has pre-entered 12 horses in this year’s Breeders’ Cup including five in the Filly & Mare Turf.
NEWSPAPEROFRECORD (Juvenile Fillies Turf): Brown has won the Juvenile Fillies Turf four times including the last two years with Rushing Fall (2017) and New Money Honey (2016). Newspaperofrecord, purchased by Brown for Klaravich Stables, at the Tattersalls yearling auction in 2017, has proven to be exceptional so far with a 6 3-4-length maiden at Saratoga and a 6 1-2-length victory in the Grade 2 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont. She has excellent tactical speed that figures to put her in a forward position early in the race.
Brown said Newspaperofrecord enters the Juvenile Fillies Turf “the same dominating way as Eli did. She needs to go on and take the next step and do it, but she’s certainly on her way.”
COMPLEXITY (Juvenile): A son of the speedy Maclean’s Music has been visually impressive winning both of his starts including the Grade 1 Champagne by three lengths. Both of those races were run around one turn and he will now try to prove himself at 1 1-16 miles around two turns.
“Complexity is a really remarkable talent, and he’s obviously very fast, he’s just a really efficient mover, and he switches off nicely for the rider, both in the morning and afternoon,” Brown said. “Going around two turns is going to be a new challenge for him, but based on the way he’s training, I’m confident he’ll be able to do it.”
STANDARD DEVIATION (Juvenile): Won his career debut going seven furlongs in an off-the-turf race at Saratoga. He finished third, beaten 6 1-4 lengths, when he had a wide trip breaking from post 13 in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.
He will be equipped with blinkers for the first time in the Juvenile.
“I thought for a while that he was a horse that would appreciate some blinkers; after his last start where he lost position early I was eager to put them on,” Brown said. “He’s trained well with them in the morning. It looks to be the right move at this time to put them on.”
A RAVING BEAUTY (Filly & Mare Turf/Mile): A two-time Grade 1 winner at a mile this year, she would be attempting to stretch out to 1 3-8 miles should she run in the Filly & Mare Turf as expected. Brown does not feel the 5-year-old mare is fast enough to run against the boys.
She finished third, beaten three-quarters of a length by potential Filly & Mare favorite Sistercharlie in the Grade 1 Diana at 1 1-8 miles.
“It’s going to be a long distance for her to get, but if the pace is right and she gets away easy and relaxed, well, her class might take her that far,” Brown said.
FOURSTAR CROOK (Filly & Mare Turf): The 6-year-old New York-bred mare finally got her Grade 1 victory when she won the Flower Bowl by two lengths at Belmont on October 7th. She has won 12 of 19 career starts including two graded stakes at 1 1-4 miles. She is the only horse to have defeated Sistercharlie this year, doing so by a nose in the New York Stakes.
“She can win,” Brown said. “She doesn’t know where she’s bred, or where she came from or who’s in the race. She’s a race horse and she’s got as much chance to win that race as anyone in there. She’s doing great.”
SANTA MONICA (Filly & Mare Turf): The 5-year-old Great Britain-bred mare was a last-minute decision to pre-enter and is only 50-50 to run in this race after getting beat one length when third in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor at Woodbine on October 13th. She won the Grade 2 Dance Smartly at Woodbine in June against competition inferior to what she will face here.
“She was a little compromised with an inside trip where she was blocked a little bit and I think nevertheless ran very well,” Brown said. “We decided at the last minute to go ahead and pre-enter and just take a look at the field”
SISTERCHARLIE (Filly & Mare Turf): A Group 3 winner in France in 2017 when trained by Henri-Alex Pantall, she has three Grade 1 wins this year and a nose loss to stablemate Sistercharlie in the Grade 2 New York Stakes.
She was pointed to the Grade 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont on October 7th, but missed a workout in late September due to a bruised foot. She has breezed five times in October over Belmont’s turf.
“It took longer to resolve than I liked but after we got that resolved and moved her back to Belmont, she’s been in a nice rhythm galloping and breezing. She’s moving as sound as ever.”
THAIS: (Filly & Mare Turf): Shares common ownership with Sistercharlie and is entered in here to ensure there is a decent enough pace for Sistercharlie. The same ideology was used in the Beverly D and Thais held on for third behind Sistercharlie and Fourstar Crook.
“She’s in there to make sure the pace is honest with an outside chance to grab a piece in this race,” Brown said.
ROBERT BRUCE (Turf): After winning all six of his starts in Chile, he was purchased privately by Peter Brant and turned over to Brown. He won the Grade 1 Arlington Million and the Grade 3 Fort Marcy and was second to Channel Maker in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, a race run over soft ground. He was only beaten a length when sixth in the Grade 1 Manhattan in June.
“He had a huge win in the Arlington Million, outside of that I think he’s been very unlucky,” Brown said. “I think he had a very unlucky trip in the Manhattan and I think he was very unlucky to catch [soft] turf conditions in the Joe Hirsch. if things had gone a little different in those two races, I think he’d clearly be the leader of this division.”
Brown said that Robert Bruce is “dependent on firmer ground. Can he handle a touch of cut in the ground, normal autumn type conditions without rain? Yes. Is he effective on soft ground, I’m going to say no.”
ALMANAAR (Mile): A horse Brown has been high on since he got him. Horse was off for a year with an injury after winning the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap at 1 1-8 miles in Feb. 2017. He won an allowance race at Belmont in June, and was second to Robert Bruce in the Grade 1 Arlington Million.
Brown believes Alamanaar is Grade 1 quality but, as it pertains to the Breeders’ Cup, his best chance to show it is to cut back to a mile as opposed to stretching out to 1 1-2 miles.
“I just feel if the pace is right in front of him and he’s on ground he likes that the horse can kick well enough to get there at a mile,” Brown said.
ANALYZE IT (Mile): Had three wins and three seconds - the losses coming by a combined three-quarters of a length - before finishing fourth as the favorite when taking on older horses in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. Brown said that Analyze It was training too good going into the Shadwell Turf Mile and coming out not to take a shot in the Breeders’ Cup.
“If the turf is firm, he’s going to run a big one,” Brown said.
WOW CAT (Distaff): Like Robert Bruce, she was undefeated in Chile (8 for 8) before being purchased privately by Peter Brant and turned over to Brown.
She ran just okay in two starts at Saratoga - including a 10-length loss to fellow Distaff starter Abel Tasman - in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign.
She broke through with a 3 1-2-length victory in a very weak renewal of the Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont Park.
Brown said that Wow Cat trained better at Belmont than Saratoga and that if she takes to the Churchill Downs surface she is in with a puncher’s chance in the Distaff.
“She definitely seems a bit more settle and her works have been more consistent,” Brown said.