Trainer Chad Brown, who is rolling toward a fourth consecutive $20 million year in stable earnings, is ready to pick up where he left off in the spring when he won four graded stakes at Keeneland.
Brown has six runners entered in Saturday's three Grade 1 races. Those horses arrived at Keeneland midweek under the care of assistant Whit Beckman.
The First Lady (G1) trio of 5-year-olds A Raving Beauty (GER), Quidura (GB) and 6-year-old Off Limits (IRE) are all multiple graded stakes winners as is the 6-year-old Almanaar (GB) in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).
Almanaar will be joined in the Shadwell by Analyze It, the lone 3-year-old in the field of 14.
A winner of his first three starts, including a Spring Meet tally in the Transylvania (G3) here, Anaylze It has finished second in his next three starts, losing in photos each time.
“He made the lead so easy and then to get caught late was frustrating,” Beckman said. “This is a good spot and he has run well here before.”
Prior to the Shadwell Turf Mile, Brown will send out Standard Deviation in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1). Standard Deviation will break from post position 14 in the 1 1/16-mile race.
“The 14 spot is not ideal,” Beckman said of Standard Deviation, who won his lone start by 2¾ lengths at Saratoga at 7 furlongs in a race taken off the turf.
“There had been a lot of rain at Saratoga, and he entered in case it came off the turf,” Whitman said. “He has breezed well on the dirt, and he's a Curlin out of an A.P. Indy mare.”
Next week, Brown figures to have two major stakes players with Fierce Scarlett in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) and Rushing Fall in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (G1).
Winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) last year, Rushing Fall is scheduled to arrive here Sunday, according to Beckman.
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