Watsdachances had her final tuneup for next week’s Grade 2, $200,000 Lake George with a half-mile breeze in 50.89 seconds over the
Saratoga training turf course on Friday for trainer Chad Brown.
3-year-old Irish-bred daughter of Diamond Green is winless in two
starts this year after winning two of three starts since joining Brown
last year upon her arrival in the
has been training well lately,” Brown said. “She has never trained bad
this year, but the last two weeks she has trained particularly well, as
well as I’ve ever seen her train.
I was expecting her to train well today, and it was really just the
final bit of confidence [for me] to enter.”
The 1 1/16-mile
Lake George for fillies will be run on Wednesday, July 24.
A 34-year-old native of nearby
Mechanicville, N.Y., Brown finished second in last year’s
trainer standings with 29 wins, seven behind three-time defending
champion Todd Pletcher. It was the second straight runner-up finish for
Brown, who had 22 wins in 2011.
It has been a steady progression for Brown, who won 17 races at
in 2010 and captured his first career Grade 1 here in 2011 with Zagora
in the Diana. A Spa training title is one achievement the protégé of
late Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel would eventually
like to add to his resume.
be something nice someday,” he said. “At the end of the day, we don’t
really make it the centerpiece of our business we’re running here at the
barn, although it would be very
nice if someday it could happen. Not only for me, but more for my
clients and my staff; they work so hard. My clients have a lot of trust
in me and supply me with a lot of nice horses. I’m lucky.
just going to take it a day at a time. It’s a long meet, and it’s
gotten longer, and it’s gotten harder. We just have to focus every day
on preparing the horses as well as you
can in the mornings, and putting them in the right races in the
afternoon. You also need some racing luck. You need weather to go your
way. We have a lot of grass horses. There’s a lot of different moving
parts to the machine at
Saratoga. We’re just trying to do the best we can to prepare for it.”