Favored at 5-2, Seth Klarman's Complexity led from gate-to-wire in Saturday's Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park, cruising to a three-length win under Jose Ortiz. It was the second G1 on the day for Ortiz and trainer Chad Brown, who also won the Beldame with Wow Cat earlier on the card. Complexity, a 2-year-old son of Maclean's Music, covered the one-turn mile over the fast main track in 1:34.63 to earn an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile next month at Churchill Downs.
“The horse ran outstanding, just a remarkable talent,” Brown said. “To carry those fractions all the way through the mile was impressive. Jose [Ortiz] came back and with his report and said, 'Boss, I thought I was going 47 and change, that's how easy he was moving.' He had enough to kick on.
“Obviously, we're going to the Breeders' Cup if he comes back sound and healthy. We'll try and run two turns, which will be another question mark. It's another sixteenth of a mile, but he's a class horse. Jose gets along with him well, and hopefully he'll get a good trip in this race.”
Complexity was extremely quick out of the starting gate to take the lead, striding out by a length over the duo of Call Paul and Achilles Warrior. He sped down the backstretch through fractions of :22.51 and :45.31, extending his lead to 1 1/2 lengths approaching the far turn. Call Paul took a clear second and Code of Honor was making a big move five-wide, but Complexity had already drawn away to a three-length advantage at the top of the stretch.
Code of Honor was the only horse making up ground in the late stages, but Complexity cruised under the wire a three-length winner. Call Paul managed to hold third behind Code of Honor, and Aurelius Maximus finished fourth.
“We have to talk about him now,” said a jubilant Ortiz, who won a total of four races on the day. “He won a Grade 1 with the best two-year-olds we have in New York, and now we have to go compete in the Breeders' Cup with the ones in California and Kentucky and everywhere else. The way he did it was very easy and we're happy with his performance.”
Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Complexity was a $375,000 yearling at the Keeneland September sale. He won his debut on Sept. 3 by 4 1/4 lengths, and was equally as impressive in the Champange to remain undefeated in two starts. Out of the Yes It's True mare Goldfield, Complexity now boasts earnings of $340,000.
“I've been working him all summer in Saratoga,” Ortiz continued. “It's very special when you've been working with them and they come out and do this.”
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