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Tim Ice to Train Uptowncharlybrown

Trainer Tim Ice will take over the training of 11 horses owned by Fantasy Lane Stable, including the talented 3-year-old Uptowncharlybrown, who will be pointed to the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 5, Ice said Friday.

 

The late Alan Seewald, who died unexpectedly on April 12, previously trained for Fantasy Lane.

 

“Alan was my best friend for 25 years,” said Seewald’s longtime friend, Bob Hutt, who manages the Fantasy Lane partnership. “He was a very good trainer and an even better human being. He waited all his life to get a big horse, and when he died he had two, Uptowncharlybrown, who you’ve heard of, and Joyce’s Angel, a filly you’ll soon hear more about. Alan told us he didn’t know which one was the better horse.”

 

Uptowncharlybrown and Joyce’s Angel have similarities, both were foaled on February 6, 2007, and both came out of the same OBS 2009 Spring 2-Year-Old Sale. Uptowncharlybrown was a $57,000 purchase, while Joyce’s Angel sold for $60,000.

 

Uptowncharlybrown, a son of Limehouse, has now assembled a 2-0-2 record from five lifetime starts, three in graded stakes company, and was most recently third in the Grade 2 Lexington at Keeneland on April 17. Joyce’s Angel broke her maiden in her second start at Tampa Bay Downs on April 3, after narrowly missing in her first effort on February 27.

 

Ice, who moved a string of horses to New York earlier this month, said Uptowncharlybrown and a trio of New York-breds; stakes winner R Betty Graybull, allowance runner African Knight, and unraced 3-year-old Writethatdown, would ship to his Belmont barn next week. Hutt said Ice would also soon receive a number of recently purchased 2-year-olds.  The other Fantasy Lane horses will remain at Monmouth with Linda White, Seewald’s longtime assistant, who will now work as an assistant to Ice.

 

“It was my son, Aaron, who first suggested Tim’s name to me, but it was right after Alan died and I wasn’t ready to think about it,” Hutt said. “Everyone started calling me to throw their hats into the ring, and when I was down at the sales earlier this month, another close friend said I should consider talking to Tim, and he came to New Jersey and I interviewed him with some of our partners.

 

“He was very impressive and we were looking for someone who was familiar with handling world-class horses. Tim understands the grief we’re all going through after losing Alan and he seemed like a natural fit. It feels like fate intervened to put us together.”

 

Ice, 34, saddled 2009 3-year-old Champion Summer Bird to victories in three of the biggest races on the New York Racing Association, Inc. circuit last year, the $1 million Belmont Stakes, the $1 million Travers, and the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup.  Summer Bird was the first 3-year-old since Easy Goer in 1989 to sweep all three races in a single year. 


“We think Charly is as good as any of the horses in the Derby Saturday and he’ll run all day,” said Hutt. “We believe we’ll be running in the Belmont with a couple of angels looking down on us, and I hope this is the beginning of a beautiful story.”


 

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