Brown Saddles Partisan Politics, Hope Cross in Marshua's River

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January 06, 2016 11:00am
Partisan Politics wins 2015 Pebbles
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Having become the most dominant turf trainer in North America in recent years, Chad Brown saddled 138 winners on grass during the 2015 season while visiting the winner’s circle following 40 stakes.

The 38-year-old trainer will seek to add to his growing turf resume Saturday, when he is slated to saddle Partisan Politics and Hope Cross in the $150,000 Marshua’s River (G3), a 1 1/16-mile stakes for fillies and mares that has eluded the Mechanicville, N.Y. native thus far.

Brown, a finalist for the 2015 Eclipse Award, saddled Partisan Politics to a fifth-place finish in the Mrs. Revere (G3) at Churchill Downs last time out.

“She really didn’t handle the turf course and came out of it a little under the weather,” said Brown, who saddled a career-high 203 winners overall in 2015. “She’s bounced out of it nicely and is training well.”

Prior to her subpar performance in the Mrs. Revere, the 4-year-old daughter of More Than Ready captured the $200,000 Pebbles at Belmont Park.

“I think there’s more room for improvement. She’s been a little unlucky. She’s had some bad trips. She did win the Pebbles, but I thought she could have won a couple other stakes last year. With unlucky trips, she wasn’t able to,” Brown said. “We always thought highly of her and we’re looking forward to her 4-year-old year.”

Hope Cross has been stakes-placed in her last two starts, finishing second in both the My Charmer (G3) at Gulfstream Park West and the South Beach at Gulfstream Park last time out.

“She’s a work in progress. She’s a filly that’s really developed nicely in the fall for us and proven she’s a stake-caliber filly on the grass,” Brown said. “This race should suit her well. She already has a nice race in the South Beach on the course.

“It’s taken her a while physically to turn into a stakes-caliber filly. She’s worked her way through the allowance ranks nicely and earned her spot in stakes races recently. She’s a player.”

The 5-year-old daughter of Cape Cross is scheduled to be ridden by Joe Bravo in a field of nine fillies and mares, including Al Shaqab Racing’s Sandiva, a multiple-stakes winner over the Gulfstream course last season.

Sandiva captured the Tropical Oaks and the Suwannee River (G3) and finished a close second in the Honey Fox (G2) during the 2014-2015 Championship Meet.

The Todd Pletcher-trained 5-year-old mare came off a five-month layoff to finish third in the My Charmer (G3) last time out.

“I thought she ran well for her first start off the bench,” Pletcher said. “She just hung a little bit the last part of it so I would expect her to move forward for having that race.

Javier Castellano has been named to ride Sandiva.

Valor Ladies’ Tuttipaesi, who had been winless since capturing the Ginger Brew over the Gulfstream course in her U.S. debut in 2013 before capturing the Suffolk Downs Distaff Turf Stakes Oct. 3, will seek her third straight stakes victory in the Marshua’s River.

Trainer Bill Mott saddled the 6-year-old daughter of Clodovil for a victory over Hope Cross in the South Beach at Gulfstream last time out. Chris De Carlo has the return mount.

Crossed Sabres Farm’s Quiet Kitten, who was claimed at Gulfstream for $25,000 in March, has won three of her last four starts, including a two-length romp in the Claiming Crown Tiara Dec. 5 at Gulfstream.

"Kitten’s Joys sometimes take a while to bloom. She was entered in a claiming race, and she seemed like she was worth the money,” trainer Marcus Vitali said. “She’s showed us as she’s gotten older she’s gotten better.”

Stronach Stables’ Devine Aida, who captured the 2015 Ginger Brew, has been stakes-placed in her last two starts since coming off a five-month layoff. The Christophe Clement-trained 4-year-old filly finished second behind Partisan Politics in the Pebbles and third in the Mrs. Revere (G2). Clement, who gave the call to Luis Saez, saddled the winners of the last two runnings of the Marshua’s River: Paranda (2015) and Naples Bay (2014).

Strike Charmer, a graded-stakes winner who has been in the money in 10 of 15 starts, A Little Bit Sassy and Shannon Nicole round out the field. Stiffed, Can’t Explain and Gamblers Rose are main-track-only entrants.

Source: Gulfstream Park

 

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