New Money Honey Leads Chad Brown Trifecta In Belmont Oaks

Trainer Chad Brown had three entrants in Saturday's G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational, which drew a total field of 11 starters. His three fillies finished first, second and third to give him a training trifecta in the $1 million contest. Javier Castellano and e Five Racing Thoroughbreds' New Money Honey crossed the wire in front, just a half-length in front of Sistercharlie, and Uni came home third. New Money Honey, a sophomore daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, and winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, covered 1 1/4 miles over Belmont's firm turf in 1:59.87 for her second Grade 1 victory.

“They all ran terrific. I have to watch it again to see all three trips. I was trying to watch it the best I can,” said Brown. “Obviously, this filly [New Money Honey] ran terrific, got position early, and they were moving along pretty good. Javier just backed off a little bit and had first run, and she kept great. My other two horses were two first-time Euros, they broke a little slow and were pretty far back. Both of them ran terrific, they look like they're going to have outstanding careers as well. I haven't really planned beyond this race, actually they'll probably all go in different directions.”

Dynatail was sent after the early lead after a very even start, with Grizzel, Key to my Heart and New Money Honey moving in unison in the second position. Favored Sistercharlie was last of the 11 fillies early on. Dynatail held a one-length advantage through a first quarter in :23.50, but Key to my Heart moved up to press the pace through a half in :47.54. Grizzel maintained third position inside of New Money Honey, with Daddys Lil Darling and Coasted moving together behind those. Sistercharlie was still last all the way down the backstretch, while Uni was just in front of her.

Into the far turn, Key to my Heart briefly took over from Dynatail but both were swallowed up by Grizzel turning for home. New Money Honey was just a length off that leader. Sistercharlie had moved up to be mid-pack while four-wide and Daddys Lil Darling was seeking racing room as Uni moved up the inside.

New Money Honey gained the lead in mid-stretch, but the late-running Sistercharlie posed a big threat as the wire loomed ahead. Though John Velazquez did his best to get Sistercharlie in front of New Money Honey, it was Castellano and the Breeders' Cup winner in front by a half-length at the line. Uni came up the rail to finish third, just in front of Kentucky Oaks runner-up Daddys Lil Darling in fourth.

“I'm very lucky to ride for Mr. Brown and the opportunity he gives me to ride the filly,” Castellano said. “We've been really lucky except for the last couple of races with the filly. I think she is very straight-forward and today she broke well out of the gate and got a good spot in the race. Chad and I talked about our strategy before the race and I tried to follow procedure. It worked out great. It was a beautiful spot in the beginning of the race. When it was time to go, she responded and finished really well today.”

Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, New Money Honey was a $450,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase by agent Mike Ryan. The filly was second on debut, but followed it up with a Grade 3 win before giving Brown his first Breeders' Cup victory. She may have needed a race when sixth in her 2017 debut, but ran well to win the G3 Wonder Again last out. Overall, she boasts a record of four wins from six starts, and earnings of over $1.4 million.

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