Before he headed back to the East Coast early Sunday
morning, trainer Chad Brown reported that all six of his Breeders’ Cup runners
were fine. Watsdachances came out of her second-place finish in the Juvenile
Fillies Turf with a grabbed quarter and some minor cuts on her legs.
, whose win in the Filly & Mare Turf made her a
leading contender for the female turf championship, left for Kentucky on
Sunday. She is entered in the Fasig-Tipton November Sale Monday evening in
Brown’s other five Breeders’ Cup horses (Awesome Feather, Balance the Books, Corporate Jungle, Noble Tune, Watsdachances) are headed to the
Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla., and will remain in
“Watsdachances lost the right hind shoe in her race, a
grabbed quarter and has cuts and abrasions on all four legs,” Brown said. “No
excuses, though. I thought she ran great to be second considering how cut up
she got in the race. She’s a very brave horse. It doesn’t surprise me. That’s
the way she’s trained and raced in all three starts with me – with tremendous
courage and determination. I think she’s got a bright future ahead of her.”
Saturday morning, Brown said that Awesome Feather was fine
following Friday’s Ladies’ Classic in good shape. The 4yo filly owned by
Stronach Stables suffered her first career loss after putting up a 10-0 record.
A tendon injury limited her starts the past two years.
“She appeared to come out of the race in good shape,” he
said. “Looking at the race again and talking with the jockey (Jeffrey Sanchez),
we just don’t feel that she handled the track at all. Not taking anything away
from the winner; she was fabulous. Even if we handled the track, it’s hard to
imagine anyone beating Royal Delta the way she ran.
“As far as our filly goes, it just wasn’t her day. Right
from the start, she never looked engaged in the bridle at all. I’ve never, ever
seen that side of her. I just have to believe that she didn’t handle the track.
I’ll draw a line through it and talk to Mr. (Frank) Stronach about what they
want to do regarding next year. There’s been no plans.”