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Balance the Books to Blue Grass Stakes

Balance the Books and Julien Leparoux win the 22nd running of the Bourbon Grade 3 $150,000 on the turf at Keeneland racecourse for owner Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence and trainer Chad Brown. October 7, 2012.

Trainer Chad Brown was at Keeneland Monday morning and confirmed that Balance the Books would be entered Wednesday for Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) and said Noble Tune, who had been considered for the race, instead would make his next start at Churchill Downs. Both colts worked at Keeneland yesterday, Balance the Books covering four furlongs in :48.20 and Noble Tune breezing five furlongs in 1:01.20.

“I don’t feel like (Noble Tune has) handled the Polytrack as well as I would have hoped, but Balance the Books is now a probable to run in there” said Brown, who trains Balance the Books for Klaravich Stables Inc. and William H. Lawrence.

By Lemon Drop Kid, Balance the Books is coming off an 11th-place finish in the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) on March 23 at Turfway Park. The race marked his first start of 2013.

“Things didn’t go his way. He never really ran but half of the race,” Brown said about the performance. “I was so surprised he didn’t handle it. Maybe it was Turfway or the shipping. I bought that horse at Keeneland last year, and I thought he’d trained so well on the Polytrack before I bought him. He breezed yesterday just as I suspected he would on Poly: terrific. I’m going to draw a line through Turfway and take a shot in the (Toyota) Blue Grass.”

Balance the Books was purchased for $37,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Consigned to the 2012 Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, he was sold to Klaravich Stable for $160,000. The colt won the With Anticipation Stakes (G2) at Saratoga last August and took Keeneland’s Bourbon Stakes (G3) in October. He was third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1).

Javier Castellano will ride Balance the Books, who walked the shedrow on Monday morning, in the Toyota Blue Grass.

Brown said Noble Tune, an Unbridled’s Song colt owned by Martin S. Schwartz and breeder Dell Ridge Farm LLC, would be pointed to the American Turf Stakes (G2) on May 3 at Churchill Downs. He was second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.



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