When last seen at Keeneland, Brown Almighty was in the middle of a rodeo disguised as the Bourbon Stakes (G3) in October 2012.
That day, Brown Almighty finished third but was placed second on the
disqualification of Really Sharp. The performance earned Brown Almighty a
start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Santa Anita in which
he finished ninth.
On Friday, Brown Almighty returns to the grass for the first time
since the Breeders’ Cup when he goes postward in the $100,000
Transylvania Stakes (G3) at 1 1/16 miles.
“There were two reasons for going in that spot,” trainer Tim Ice said
Wednesday morning from Oaklawn Park. “Number one is that he ran well in
the Bourbon last fall, so we know he gets over the course well.
“Secondly, there has been a lot of rain this spring (at Oaklawn) and
he has had to work on some sloppy tracks and he was just not getting
over it as well.”
Brown Almighty, who became the first stakes winner for 2008 Kentucky
Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Big Brown when he won the
Sunny’s Halo Stakes at Louisiana Downs in August, finished fifth in the
Smarty Jones Stakes in his 2013 debut and then was eighth in the
Southwest Stakes (G3) over a sloppy track.
Ice has not ruled out a return to dirt later for Brown Almighty, but
for now it is back to the grass for the colt who has a 5-2-2-0 mark on
the turf. Rosie Napravnik has the riding assignment Friday.
Ice shipped one other horse with Brown Almighty to Keeneland and at
the close of the Oaklawn meet on April 13, plans to ship horses to the
Trackside Training Center in Louisville with occasional forays to
Keeneland the latter part of the meet that ends April 26.