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.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."