Trainer Chad Brown hinted on Sunday that two of his stable stars – Lady Eli and Practical Joke – may be trained up to the November Breeders' Cup, and not race in preps prior to that weekend.
The Daily Racing Form reports that both Lady Eli and Practical Joke came out of their races well. Lady Eli captured the G2 Ballston Spa and Practical Joke took down the G1 H. Allen Jerkins Memorial.
“I don't feel the need to run her again before the Breeders' Cup,” Brown told the Form on Sunday. “Going a mile and an eighth off two months and how good she is … I'm not saying I won't, but I don't feel I have to. If it rained, or the track wasn't right for the Flower Bowl, or she had a hiccup somewhere, I feel like I'm in a good position to go to the Breeders' Cup just training her.”
Lady Eli captured the G1 Diana July 22, and Brown had originally planned the G1 Flower Bowl Oct. 8 as her following start. Brown said, though, that he thought there would be too much time in between those two races, in addition to being concerned about the potential for bad weather.
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