Brown horses continue Breeders' Cup works with inclement weather

NYRA Press Office
October 14, 2018 03:34pm
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Belmont Fall Championship Meet leading trainer Chad Brown didn't let the recent inclement weather that forced the cancellation of turf works get in the way of continuing preparations for his upcoming Breeders' Cup contingent, sending a bevy of stakes contenders to Belmont's main track Sunday morning.

Multiple graded stakes winner Robert Bruce breezed four furlongs in 49.04 seconds in his first workout since finishing second over the soft going in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on Sept. 29, working in company with graded stakes winner Projected.

"With turf works cancelled this week, we had to movie his work to the dirt, which we've done before, and he did it fine," said Brown. "I just wanted to see how he was moving since his last race, and he came out of it well. He was really moving good and hopefully we'll get him back on the grass next week."

The 4-year-old Chilean-bred colt is expected to make his next start in the $4 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf. Brown said his tentative plans would most likely involve getting one more breeze at Belmont before shipping to Churchill.

Irish-bred multiple graded stakes runner Sistercharlie also visited the main track to breeze over the surface for the first time, completing four furlongs in 48.56 in company with multiple graded stakes winner Uni.

"[She is] another horse we had to breeze on the dirt, and I thought she handled it fine," said Brown. "We'll try to get her on the grass next week as well. I haven't breezed her on the dirt before, but she's been here a long time and obviously, she gallops on it every day, so we gave it a shot, and I thought she handed it well."

With three Grade 1 wins from five starts in North America, Sistercharlie is probable to make her next start in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Impressive Grade 2 Miss Grillo winner Newspaperofrecord also was on the work tab for Brown Sunday as the Klaravich Stable-owned filly breezed four furlongs in 48.52 in her first work since her victory working in company with multiple graded stakes winner Significant Form, who was scratched from Saturday's Pebbles due to the soft turf course.

Newspaperofrecord, a 2-year-old Irish-bred filly by Lope De Vega, earned an all-fees-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, a race in which Brown has won four times, including three of the last four runnings and most recently with Rushing Fall in 2017.

"She [Newspaperofrecord] worked great," said Brown. "She just had a maintenance half-mile, her first work back since the Miss Grillo, and I thought she looked really well. I'm not really sure what we're going to do with Significant Form yet. I don't like her on soft turf, so we'll regroup and work out a plan for her."

Rounding out the notable workers form Brown's barn Sunday was maiden winner U S Navy Cross, who breezed four furlongs in 48.66 and is expected to make his next start in the Grade 3, $200,000 Nashua on Sunday, November 4 of opening weekend at Aqueduct Racetrack.


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