Dunbar Road, Cambier Parc cement super Saturday for Brown

NYRA Press Office
August 18, 2019 03:05pm
Three-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown's Saturday at the races wasn't dampened by the soggy weather at Saratoga Race Course, with Dunbar Road posting a win in the Alabama (G1).

As the sun set at Saratoga, across the country at Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego, California, the regally-bred
 Cambier Parc rallied to an impressive 1 1/4-length score in the Del Mar Oaks (G1) to bookend another special day for the conditioner.

Just last week, remember, Brown swept Arlington Million day's Grade 1 stakes in Chicago, too.

Peter Brant's Dunbar Road earned a career-best 94 Beyer Speed Figure for her rallying effort in the 1 1/4-mile Alabama. Brown, whose 25 wins lead all trainers at the current Saratoga meet, said the Quality Road bay was in good order on Sunday morning.

"So far she looks great," he said. "She came out of the race in good order."

Leaving from the inside post under Jose Ortiz, who captured his third consecutive Alabama, Dunbar Road angled outside for the stretch run and powered home over a sloppy and sealed main track.

"She didn't have the cleanest of trips, but Jose was able to get her out of some trouble turning for home and clear. She ran super," said Brown. "We were expecting her to run really well at a mile and a quarter. We thought she'd been looking for this distance for a long time."

Ahead in the division is Parx Racing's Sept. 21 Cotillion (G1), a 1 1/8-mile race unbeaten Brown stablemate Guarana is pointing. If Brown wishes to send Dunbar Road elsewhere, facing older is an option in Belmont Park's Sept. 28 Beldame (G2) or Keeneland's Oct. 6 Spinster (G1).

Cambier Parc, owned by OXO Equine, nom de course of Larry Best, equaled her career-best 90 Beyer in securing the first Grade 1 victory for horse and owner alike. A four-time winner from seven starts, Cambier Parc won the Herecomesthebride (G3) at Gulfstream Park in March and earned a 90 Beyer for her victory two starts later in the Wonder Again (G3) at Belmont Park.

The talented bay entered the Del Mar Oaks from a strong third in the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1), first leg of the newly minted Turf Tiara.

Brown said Hall of Famer John Velazquez engineered a perfect trip for Cambier Parc.

"She ran super. She's a filly that really appreciates firm ground and she got it yesterday," said Brown. "She got a great ride from John Velazquez. She had been training really well of late. We'd always liked her but I think, in particular, her last two workouts have been the best I've seen."

Brown said the third leg of the Turf Tiara, the $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks set for September 7 at Belmont, is not likely for the improving Cambier Parc.

"I'll talk to Larry Best about that, but it's not in my plans for her," said Brown. "I think the sky is the limit for her. I think she'll continue to develop and get better. I'm really pleased with her development throughout the year."

If not the Jockey Club Oaks, Keeneland hosts the Grade 1, $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on Oct. 12.


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