Seth Klarman and William Lawrence's Annals of Time gave trainer Chad Brown his fourth win on the Travers card this Saturday at Saratoga, closing down the center of the course to win the Grade 1 Sword Dancer by a neck. The 6-year-old son of Temple City, ridden by Javier Castellano as the 5-2 post-time favorite, completed 1 1/2 miles over the firm turf in 2:27.50. The victory earns Annals of Time an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Longines Turf this fall at Santa Anita Park.
“When he tipped out, I thought we had a good chance because he has a really good, strong closing kick,” Brown said. “But it was a little tight near the finish. I'm glad he got up in time.”
Ya Primo won the battle for the early lead over Channel Maker, setting early fractions of :23.36, :47.96, and 1:14.82. Channel Cat was well-placed along the inside in fourth, followed in sixth and seventh by Sadler's Joy and Annals of Time.
Sadler's Joy and Annals of Time moved in unison around the far turn, pushing past the battle between Channel Cat and Channel Maker in the final eighth of a mile. Castellano was able to hold Annals of Time on a straight course to win by a confident neck, with Sadler's Joy having to settle for second. Channel Cat finished third ahead of Channel Maker.
“You can see the pace was very slow, but he still responded and passed all the horses,” Castellano said. “I took my time. It's a mile-and-a-half and it's the first time he's gone a mile-and-a-half. You don't want to rush it to be close to the pace. I rode with a lot of patience and it paid off today.”
Bred in Kentucky by Monticule, Annals of Time was an $80,000 yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale. The lightly-raced 6-year-old won the G1 Hollywood Derby early in his career, and returned this June after nearly two years away from the races to run second in an allowance race. Another allowance win propelled him into the G1 Sword Dancer, which improved the horse's overall record to five wins from eight starts for earnings of over $900,000.
“It's been a real team effort,” Brown said. “A guy named Nick de Meric down in Ocala picked him out as a baby, and every time he has gone to the sidelines, he's gone to rehab with him and his team. He sent him back to us, now as a 6-year-old, in fine shape. We finally have had an uninterrupted training schedule and campaign with him. He's back to his old form when he won the [Grade 1] Hollywood Derby when he was a 3-year-old. He's probably better now, so I'm just so grateful to have him back healthy.”
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