‘So Proud Of The Horses’: Brown Enjoying Record-Setting Saratoga Season

Two days after matching his 2016 record for wins by a trainer at Saratoga with 40, Chad Brown picked up three more victories on Saturday, highlighted by a win in the Grade 3 Saranac. The Mechanicville, New York native, with 43 victories heading into Sunday’s card, has firmly secured his second Saratoga training title in history-making fashion.

“It’s been an outstanding meet,” said Brown. “We’re just thankful for all the good fortune we’ve had. Saratoga always holds a special place in my heart being from the area. Being so up close with all the fans, friends, and family, all meet on a daily basis, makes it extra special to win here. I’m just so proud of the horses that have shown up and ran so well for us. My staff, of course, they deserve all the credit. They’re in here working 24/7 and making sure everything’s checked and prepared, which makes it easy for me coming to the barn every day.”

Notching his sixth graded stakes victory of the summer when Raging Bull charged late to win the Saranac, Brown said he would most likely point the talented colt to the Grade 2, $500,000 Hill Prince on October 6 at Belmont Park.

“The horse ran terrific,” said Brown of Raging Bull. “He’s an easy horse to fall in love with. He’s so consistent and gives it his all every time. He ran another great race with that strong terrific late kick and Joel [Rosario], in particular, gave him an outstanding ride. I was so impressed and relived with the trip he got as it was unfolding. The horse responded every time Joel wanted him to do something, and every time there was a decision to be made, Joel made the right one. For now, I think we’ll point him to the Hill Prince as that looks to be the next logical spot for him.”

Santa Monica and Onthemoonagain exited their respective second- and fourth-place finishes in the Grade 2 Glens Falls in good order, as did as Woodward runner Kurilov, who finished 11th.

“I’m not sure yet where we’ll go next for each of them,” said Brown. “I’m going to see how they train, before we start making any decisions.”

Looking to close the Saratoga meet with a final stakes victory in Monday’s Grade 2 Bernard Baruch with graded stakes winner Projected, Brown is hoping to see the 6-year-old gelding improve off his second-place finish in the Fasig-Tipton Lure on August 11.

“This horse is training particularly well as of late,” said Brown. “I’m excited to run him in this race. He’s been a real consistent horse and his last work impressed me. We know Voodoo Song is an outstanding horse and in great form, so he’ll be tough to beat, but I like our chances.”

With the Belmont Park Fall Championship meet on the horizon, Brown is hoping to take the good momentum downstate when the meet begins Friday.

“We’re just going to keep training each horse in our barn and place them in the best race where we can develop our young horses and develop our older horses,” said Brown. “Our first option is to always run in New York. Following this meet, Belmont is our focus and if there’s a race that fits our program, we’re going to enter. I’m really excited for the fall meet. There’s a fantastic schedule of races NYRA has on tap for Belmont, and it looks good.”

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