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.