Prior to saddling Readtheprospectus for the $250,000 Empire Classic on Saturday, trainer Chad Brown will have representation in the $200,000 Ticonderoga when Shakeira competes in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.
First race post time at Belmont Park for Empire Showcase Day presented by The Fund is 12:20 p.m.
a 4-year-old owned by Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables who was second
in the 2012 Ticonderoga, seeks her second stakes win, having taken
Belmont's Mount Vernon in June. In three subsequent starts she has
finished sixth in the On the Bus overnight stakes and fifth in the Yaddo
in August at Saratoga Race Course before being nosed out by Sally's
Dream in a starter allowance/optional claimer on September 15 at
have to come with one of her 'A' races," said Brown. "She's run them
before. Even her race last year in the Ticonderoga when she was second
to Hessonite was a really good race. If I were to get the same race out
of her this year I'd be very happy, and I think that will put her pretty
close at the finish. She seems to be sitting on a good race, I'd say."
The following week, Brown will send out Street Secret
in the Grade 3, $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap on October 26.
Street Secret, who placed in stakes in France and Germany before being
purchased by Peter A. Putsch, finished in a dead heat for third in the
Miss Liberty in May at Monmouth Park, her second start in the United
States. She has competed three times on the dirt in restricted stakes
since the Miss Liberty, winning the Open Mind in June at Belmont and
finishing second in both the Alada in August at Saratoga and the Parlo
on September 19 back at Belmont.
has been doing really well since we put her on the dirt, and we're
looking forward to trying a graded stake on the dirt," said Brown of the
5-year-old daughter of Street Cry. "She had been running on the turf
over in France. She had always trained well on the dirt, and her
pedigree suggested she could possibly handle the dirt. When the
opportunity came to try her on the dirt, we went for it, and it has
worked out well so far."
Brown added that plans remain undetermined for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warning's Bakken,
a 3-year-old who debuted a 6 ½-length winner on Sunday in a six-furlong
maiden race. Bakken, a son of Distorted Humor, is a half-brother to
graded stakes winners Chace City and Justwhistledixie.
were cautiously optimistic he would run an impressive race," said
Brown. "You never know until you lead them over there. He ran fast and
my gut tells me to give him time after that figure, although he didn't
look like he was extended to do it. He's a horse with an enormous amount
of ability, as you can see, and, hopefully, we can develop him into a
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Although Night Maneuver
hasn't won a stakes in two years, Gary Contessa, believes the
4-year-old is one of the leading contenders for the $150,000 Hudson on
Saturday's Empire Showcase Day presented by The Fund.
Maneuver, who won the Bertram M. Bongard on Showcase Day in 2011 as a
2-year-old for trainer Carlos Martin, was claimed by Contessa for
$62,500 in June out of a neck victory in an optional claiming event at
Belmont. Since then, he has added an optional claiming score in July at
Saratoga and finished third in a pair of overnight stakes, the Chowder's
First in August at the Spa and the Spite the Devil on September 19 at
Belmont. He'll be cutting back from one mile in the Spite the Devil to
six furlongs in the Hudson, which also attracted Chowder's First winner
Palace and 2012 Hudson victor Mine Over Matter.
a nice old horse," said Contessa, who trains the gelding for his wife,
Jennifer, as well as Darlene Bilinski and Harry S. Patten. "He's a war
horse. He runs, on his good day, as fast as [the other Hudson entrants]
do. This is kind of a logistic race in which I think whoever is in the
right place at the right time is probably going to win it. Maybe there
will be way too much speed and the horse who sits back and makes one run
is the horse who is going to win it. Maybe nobody goes and the horse
who goes to the lead wins it. Usually races that are this deep turn out
to be jockey races."
Maragh has ridden Night Maneuver in his past four starts, and Contessa
said he will leave the final decision on tactics to the jockey.
haven't given him any instructions on this horse and I haven't had any
complaints, but I would like to see him take a hold of him and let the
three or four horses that want to be up near the lead go, and we'll be
laying in the second tier right behind them," said Contessa. "That's the
way I would want it, but I'm not going to tell him that, and if he
decided to use him to be closer I wouldn't have any major complaints.
But I think being close to the pace hurt us a little bit in our last
Contessa also entered Carolinian
in the Bertram M. Bongard for 2-year-olds. Owned by Dogwood Stable,
Carolinian broke his maiden on the turf in his fourth start, a
seven-furlong maiden special weight, by 6 ¼ lengths on September 12 at
Belmont, then came back to take an optional claimer on the dirt by one
length on September 26.
always thought he was a hair better on the turf," admitted Contessa. "I
wouldn't mind trying him in [a] turf race. He's a fast, solid horse. I
trained his sister, Margaret Lilian, and she could run only on the
grass. I had the opportunity to breeze [Carolinian] on the grass in
Saratoga, and he looked like a million dollars."