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Busy Tuesday for Chad Brown's Barn

Sean Ryan, Keeneland assistant to New York-based trainer Chad Brown, took on the role of equine flight attendant on a whirlwind Tuesday. Ryan accompanied Balance the Books, winner of Sunday’s Bourbon (G3), on his flight from Blue Grass Airport, which left at 12:45 p.m., for Islip Airport on Long Island. When the plane landed, a van containing Brown’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) entrants, Dayatthespa and Samitar (GB), was waiting for a flight to Louisville and Ryan was headed back to Kentucky. The Brown crew then took a van to Keeneland, arriving about 8:45 p.m.

“I’m pretty tired,” said Ryan, whose father is noted bloodstock agent Mike Ryan. “It was a very busy day.”

Dayatthespa enters the QEII off four consecutive victories, including the Appalachian (G3) here in April. After that race, she did not compete for four months, returning with a 1¼-length victory in the Riskaverse at Saratoga on August 31. Brown trains the New York-bred daughter of City Zip for Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon and Bradley Thoroughbreds.

Samitar, a Group 1 winner in Ireland last year, comes into the QE II off a win in the Garden City (G1) at Belmont on September 15. She finished a head in front of Somali Lemonade, one of her rivals in the QE II, in that race to score her first victory in two starts in North America. The daughter of Rock of Gibralter (IRE) races for Martin Schwartz, who raced Keeneland stakes winners Angara (GB), Asi Siempre, Gorella (FR) and Lady of Venice (FR).




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