Annals of Time's win at Breeders' Cup distance an 'important' step

NYRA Press Office
August 25, 2019 04:29pm
Annals of Time's win at Breeders' Cup distance an 'important' step
Photo: Chelsea Durand/NYRA

In picking up five wins on Saturday's Travers Stakes day card, including a pair of graded stakes wins with Annals of Time in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer and Significant Form in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa, conditioner Chad Brown increased his win total to 33 entering day 34 of the Saratoga meet.

Making his first graded stakes start since winning the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby as a 3-year-old, the now 6-year-old Annals of Time, who has only made eight lifetime starts overcoming soft tissue injury and two-year layoff, was sent off as the 5-2 post time favorite. He stalked the nine-horse field early and rallied late to win the 1 ½ mile Sword Dancer by a neck at the wire.

"I was really impressed with his race," said Brown. "He tried something new in a three-turn race but he came through."

In three starts this year, Annals of Time has two wins including an impressive 4 ½-length allowance victory on July 24.

Brown believes even with his limited time back, he has shown enough to be included as one of the top contenders in the older turf division to multiple graded stakes winner and stablemate Bricks and Mortar also owned by Klaravich Stable as the division's leader.

"Bricks and Mortar is clearly at the top, but he's proven now that he's one of the top turf colts in his division and can stay a mile and a half which is important," said Brown.

Plans haven't been announced for Bricks and Mortar, unbeaten this season coming off the Arlington Million (G1). Brown has said the Breeders' Cup Turf's 12-furlong distance isn't ideal for the Horse of the Year candidate.

In the Ballston Spa, 4-year-old Significant Form for owner Stephanie Seymour Brant picked up her second graded stakes victory of the year rallying late to earn the victory by a neck. She was making her first start stretching out in distance after finishing a disappointing fifth in the Caress on July 21 at the Spa.
 Brown also entered New York-bred Fifty Five for owner Peter Brant, who finished fourth.

"She ran terrific, I was really proud she got right up there at the wire and showed a lot of courage," said Brown. "Fifty Five ran well and has proven now in a couple seasons in a row that Saratoga might not be her favorite turf course. We'll fight on another day with her."

Before ending Saturday's card with impressive 3-year-old maiden winner Magic Star for Don Alberto Stable, Brown saddled 13-1 contender Highest Honors and 11-1 Looking At Bikinis in the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers who finished sixth and 11th respectively.

"Magic Star -- she was impressive," said Brown. "She had trained like she would potentially run well and it's nice to see her running to her workouts like that.

"Looking At Bikinis and Highest Honors have come back okay so far," added Brown. "Looking At Bikinis was disappointing but she was compromised at the start and never really got in the race. I thought Highest Honors had a good trip, but just couldn't quicken with those other horses. We'll move on from there. I thought the winner was impressive."

 

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