Three-time Eclipse Award winning trainer Chad Brown's Saturday at the races wasn't dampened by the soggy weather at Saratoga Race Course, with Dunbar Road posting a win in the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama presented by NYRA Bets just one race after his Regal Glory shared honors with the Graham Motion-trained Varenka in the Grade 2, $200,000 Lake Placid.
As the sun set at Saratoga, across the country at Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego, California, the regally-bred Cambier Parc, by Medaglia d'Oro out of Canada's 2007 Horse of the Year Sealy Hill, rallied to an impressive 1 1/4-length score in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks to bookend a special day for the conditioner.
Peter Brant's Dunbar Road earned a career-best 94 Beyer Speed Figure for her rallying effort in the 1 1/4-mile Alabama. Brown, whose 25 wins lead all trainers at the current Saratoga meet, said the Quality Road bay was in good order on Sunday morning.
“So far she looks great. She came out of the race in good order,” said Brown.
Leaving from the inside post under Jose Ortiz, who captured his third consecutive Alabama, Dunbar Road angled outside for the stretch run and powered home over a sloppy and sealed main track.
“She didn't have the cleanest of trips, but Jose was able to get her out of some trouble turning for home and clear. She ran super,” said Brown. “We were expecting her to run really well at a mile and a quarter. We thought she'd been looking for this distance for a long time.”
Paul Pompa, Jr's Regal Glory, a chestnut daughter of Animal Kingdom, won her third consecutive stakes when dead-heating with Varenka in a stormy renewal of the Lake Placid. The victory came on the heels of victories in the Pennsylvania Oaks and Grade 3 Lake George.
Brown said he was impressed with Regal Glory's ability to find the wire.
“The pace was slow but she was able to close into it and ran really well,” said Brown. “She's come out of the race in good order.”
Cambier Parc, owned by OXO Equine, nom de course of Larry Best, equaled her career-best 90 Beyer in securing her first Grade 1 victory. A four-time winner from seven starts, Cambier Parc won the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride at Gulfstream Park in March and earned a 90 Beyer for her victory two starts later in the Grade 3 Wonder Again at Belmont Park. The talented bay entered the Del Mar Oaks from a strong third in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational, first leg of the newly minted Turf Tiara.
Brown said Hall of Famer John Velazquez engineered a perfect trip for Cambier Parc.
“She ran super. She's a filly that really appreciates firm ground and she got it yesterday,” said Brown. “She got a great ride from John Velazquez. She had been training really well of late. We'd always liked her but I think, in particular, her last two workouts have been the best I've seen.”
Brown said the third leg of the Turf Tiara – the $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks set for September 7 at Belmont – is not likely for the improving Cambier Parc.
“I'll talk to Larry Best about that, but it's not in my plans for her,” said Brown. “I think the sky is the limit for her. I think she'll continue to develop and get better. I'm really pleased with her development throughout the year.”
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