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Keeneland's QE II Might be Next for Alterite

Alterite wins 2013 Garden City.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Martin Schwartz's Alterite emerged from her North American debut victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Garden City in good shape, trainer Chad Brown said Sunday morning.

 

Making the first start for her new connections, Alterite overcame a moderate pace set by Discreet Marq and a firm inner turf course to win by 1 ½ lengths, defending the victory Schwartz and Brown earned in last year's Garden City with Samitar.

 

"She came out of the race good so far," said Brown. "Based on what I'm told and watching her races and reading her form, it seems like she excels with softer ground. The ground had a little cut in it yesterday, which was good, and she ran well, anyway. She's just a good horse.

 

"When you've got a Grade 1 winner getting away from there in a 50[-second] half, it's a little discouraging," he added. "Halfway through the race, I wasn't sure we'd be able to kick past her, but she did. I think I have a really nice horse here."

 

Brown credited his Belmont-based assistant, Cherie DeVaux, for the progress of Alterite, who arrived in July as the barn was transitioning to the Saratoga Race Course meet.

 

"She was in the process of being shipped over, and Marty was keen on the idea of the Garden City with her," Brown said. "It was a little tight for my schedule, getting her over here and adjusted to our program. The only way we could do it was to get her settled into Belmont early. Cherie did a fantastic job with the horse. For most of the Saratoga meet she was here, and it worked. She's a bit of a high-strung horse, and she really is comfortable now with her surroundings. She got to run out of her own stall yesterday. She had plenty of schooling in the paddock. I'm very proud of the way she handled herself, both prior to the race and in the race."

 

Brown mentioned the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II on October 12 Keeneland as a possible next start.

 

Also in the Garden City for Brown was Grade 3 winner Watsdachances, who broke from the far outside post and ran last of 10 along the inside before rallying to finish fourth, just a head and a nose out of second.

 

"I thought she ran great. She had a difficult post," said Brown. "We made a decision in the paddock, [jockey] Javier [Castellano] and I did, to just take her off the break and tuck her in last and save some ground that first turn. We lost position doing that but we did save some ground. She's another one that gave a strong kick off a slow pace, and nearly got up into the exacta. A couple more strides, I think she would have been there. I was real happy with her race."

 

Prior to the Garden City, Laugh Out Loud ran close to a fast pace but faded to finish last of six in the Grade 3, $200,000 Noble Damsel. Another European import for Schwartz and Brown, she is winless in four starts this year, including third as the favorite in the De La Rose at Saratoga.

 

"Laugh Out Loud came out of the Noble Damsel with no major problems," said Brown. "She's been disappointing, this filly, for sure. She doesn't really have her mind on being a racehorse, I feel."

 

Grade 1 winners Big Blue Kitten and Real Solution breezed in company for Brown on Sunday at Belmont, going five furlongs in 1:02.22 on the inner turf course. Brown said both horses remain under consideration for the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on September 28.

 

On Thursday, Brown has horses entered in both of the card's overnight dirt stakes. Street Secret will compete in the $100,000 Parlo for females 3-years-old and up at 1 1/16 miles, while Readtheprospectus makes his return to racing in the $100,000 Spite the Devil for state-bred 3-year-olds and up going one mile.

 

"Street Secret really ran well last time at Saratoga. Since we put her on the dirt, I've really been impressed with her," said Brown. "If she runs well here we'll think about running her back in the [Grade 3] Turnback the Alarm [October 26 at Belmont]. I think she deserves a spot in a graded stake at some point."

 

Readtheprospectus has won six straight races, including all four starts this year, but has been off since taking the Commentator Handicap at Belmont on June 1.

 

"He's got a good win streak going," said Brown. "We needed to back off him a bit for some issues with quarter cracks in his feet, and it seems to be all resolved now. It seems like a logical spot to bring him back, and maybe it will serve as a prep for the [$250,000] Empire Classic [October 19 at Belmont]. It looks like a salty spot, so he's going to have to run. We were looking for a prep so, hopefully, he runs well. He seems to be sound and training well now."

 

Brown indicated Shadow Banking, who won his race debut for owners Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence on September 11 at Belmont, may be wheeled back in 25 days in the Grade 3, $150,000 Pilgrim on October 6.

 

A juvenile son of Harlan's Holiday, Shadow Banking came from last to win by 6 ¼ lengths as the 7-5 favorite, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.29.

 

"Shadow Banking came out of his race real well," said Brown. "We're running short on time getting him to the Breeders' Cup. [The timing is] a little tight, but that's what I'm planning on doing. He's another one that didn't look like he was fully extended in his race. He did it pretty easy, so hopefully he'll be OK."

 

 

 

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