Tuesday, April 23, 2019

photo credit: kentuckyderby.com

photo credit: kentuckyderby.com

As the 2016 Kentucky Derby gets closer, Chad Brown, a former assistant to Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel, is quickly becoming a major player when it comes to trainers, which means his horses will have favorable Kentucky Derby odds.

According to Brown, he learned a lot of nuances about training from his former mentor that he integrated into his training routine. Brown said a couple of the lessons he learned helped him prepare his horses to run in major Kentucky Derby preps on Saturday.

When he was asked what those lessons were, Brown said, “patience, to be patient with horses.” Brown added that Frankel was also very good at making adjustments.

In his career, Brown has won seven Breeders’ Cup races, and was second in earnings last year, which is one of the reasons that he is regarded as dominant trainer for turf horses.

Brown, who is a native New Yorker, takes his time when it comes to the most prestigious races, the Triple Crown series. Even though his horses perform better on turf, Brown is getting better at preparing his horses to run on dirt.

The improvement in his horses running better on dirt was seen when Wavell Avenue won the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last October. It was Brown’s first championship win on the main track.

Brown told reporters that having his horses run well on dirt is an area he wants to become a major player in. He believes that it is just a matter of time if he and his staff are given an opportunity to work with young dirt horses that run on dirt before he gets them to run well at the Triple Crown races.

Brown believes his success at the Breeders’ Cup last year proves that he can work with dirt horses and make them successful.

Brown believes his three horses are very capable of performing well in their prep races, if they do, they will be allowed to participate in the Triple Crown races and he believes they will do well in the races.

The three horses brown is hoping to get into the Triple Crown races are Shagaf, Flexibility, and My Man Sam.

Shagaf is unbeaten and will be running in the Wood Memorial in New York on Saturday. Flexibility is a graded stakes winner, and he will also be running in the Wood Memorial.

My Man Sam is going to be running in Keeneland’s Blue Grass Stakes. Both races are Grade 1 races with $1 million purses. The winners also get major Kentucky Derby qualifying points.

Shagaf is likely going to be the favorite at the Wood Memorial after his win at the Grade III Gotham Stakes last month. With three Aqueduct wins in three starts, Shagaf will likely be Brown’s second horse at the Derby along with Normandy Invasion, the fourth place finisher in 2013.

Brown, who is training Shagaf for Shadwell Stable, told reporters that the owners have not pressured him to have the horse qualify for the Derby. Brown said he hasn’t had any owners give him a horse and tell him to make sure the horse qualifies for the Derby. He also said that if he has a horse he feels can compete at the Derby, he would give the horse every chance to get there.

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