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The Irish-bred filly Dealbata, one of a number of European imports in the care of trainer Chad Brown, picked up her first U.S. stakes victory yesterday in her first stateside start, taking the Mohegan Sky overnight stakes by a length over a talented field.


“She ran really well yesterday,” Brown said. “It was a nice race for her to get started and we’ll kind of see where to go from here. I’ll run her in a graded stakes somewhere. There were some nice horses in the race yesterday for a listed stake. She hadn’t run in six months – I don’t think it was her best race actually, because she probably could use the race – but she ran really well and she’ll probably move forward.”


Bubbly Jane, a two-time Group 1 winner in her native Brazil who has won two stakes in this country and is graded stakes-placed in three more, finished second in the Mohegan Sky, followed by the British-bred Federation, who is also graded stakes-placed in the U.S. Check the Label, winner of 2010’s Grade 1 Garden City and three other graded races, finished fifth yesterday.


“I might look at the Matchmaker [Grade 3, 1 1/8 miles on turf at Monmouth Park on July 29] for Dealbata. We’ll kind of look everywhere, but I might look that direction first, since I probably already have something for the Diana [Grade 1, $600,000, 1 1/8 miles on turf at Saratoga Race Course on July 28] …maybe Zagora or Banimpire, one of those two, most likely. We’ll nominate this one, too, and just see how things are going, but it really wasn’t my plan to throw her into a Grade 1 right away. She could develop that way though.”


Brown and owner Martin Schwartz won last year’s edition of the Diana with French-bred Zagora, who has gone on to win a trio of Grade 3 races since, most recently taking Pimlico’s Gallorette Handicap on May 19. Schwartz also campaigns Dealbata, and another Irish filly, Banimpire, a five-time Group stakes winner in Europe who has yet to start in the U.S.


Brown said Sunday that Banimpire, a 4-year-old daughter of Holy Roman Emperor was under consideration for the Grade 2, $200,000 New York Stakes, 1 ¼ miles over Belmont’s turf course on June 30.


“It’s a strong division,” Brown said. “Especially on the East Coast; seems to be the best turf fillies and mares around. If you’re going to win a Grade 1 on the East Coast with a turf filly this year, you’re going to have to earn it.”




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