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Breeders Cup 2015

Chad Brown Pleased With Normandy Invasion

Trainer Chad Brown saw a lot to like in Normandy Invasion’s fast-closing second to Verrazano in the Wood. For the first time in his four-race career, Normandy Invasion started from an inside post position, and he responded well to a little bumping and racing in close quarters before angling outside at the top of the lane for a spirited drive home.


“I think he ran great yesterday, and he came out of the race good,” Brown said. “He did everything I expected him to do except win, but just short of that I thought he ran great.”


In his prior two starts, the Grade 2 Remsen last November and the Grade 2 Risen Star at the Fair Grounds, Normandy Invasion broke tardily and appeared to lightly clip heels each time. In the Wood, he got up into the race early, behind a slow opening quarter-mile of 24.89 seconds, and saved ground without getting trapped down on the inside.


“He had drawn outside every start in his career – 9 or 10 [post position] – and he finally drew inside and took advantage of it by saving ground,” Brown said. “I thought the horse broke clean out of the gate. He was able to lay closer to a slow pace than he had in the past. It really helped him. I think he learned a lot from it, and we learned a lot from the horse. He ran as we suspected. He doesn’t need to be that far away.”


Brown said Normandy Invasion would travel to Kentucky on April 14 to begin preparations for the Kentucky Derby and get work in over the Churchill Downs track. The question, however, remains, whether Javier Castellano will retain the mount or ride Louisiana Derby winner Revolutionary for trainer Todd Pletcher.


“I’d like to retain him on the horse; we all would,” Brown said. “But, it’s going to be up to him and his agent, and I’m sure he’s going to monitor his two Derby mounts, their health and how they came out of their races before making a decision. We’re not applying any pressure right now. We’ll just see what they want to do.”




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Not a minimum of 50 pts, just the 20 horses with the most points
he has only 44 points? i have learned that to be a contender in Ken.Derby horses need to collect minimum 50 points?

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