Chad Brown’s 4-year-old filly Dealbata
will make her second U.S.
start in the De La Rose on Saturday. After making her first five starts in France (3-1-0), she won her first stateside race
at Belmont in
June in the Mohegan Sky Stakes. While confident of his filly’s chances,
Brown’s not thrilled with the post position she drew. Dealbata will break
from post 10 in a 10-horse field.
“She’s doing really well, and I’m expecting her to do
well,” he said, “but I am concerned about the post.
“I’m going to leave it up to [jockey] Ramon [Dominguez] off
the break,” he said. “She has just enough speed to maybe get
herself in trouble. She’s not really a come-from-behinder, and I
don’t think she’s an on-the-lead horse. She’s probably a
mid-pack horse, and if she leaves too well, she could get hung out
there.” Though he said that he’ll let Dominguez play it ear,
he’d like to see Dealbata tucked in by the first turn.
Brown was pleased by his filly’s first performance in the United States
but not surprised.
“Sometimes it takes horses a few months to get adjusted to being
here, sometimes it takes longer,” he said. “I don’t run them
until I know that they’re ready, so it doesn’t surprise me when
they fire, and she fired in her first race.”