Brown assigns Dunbar Road a Grade 1 target off the layoff

Brown assigns Dunbar Road a Grade 1 target off the layoff
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Grade 1-winning filly Dunbar Road will seek another high-level victory in her season debut if all goes according to plan.

Trainer Chad Brown, On his newly created Twitter account (@TheRealChadCBr1), announced Sunday the 4-year-old daughter of Quality Road is targeting the La Troienne Stakes off the bench.

The Grade 1, $500,000 race runs May 1 — Kentucky Oaks day — at Churchill Downs.

Dunbar Road notably won last year on debut, then jumped right into the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) to round out the exacta. She just missed the Kentucky Oaks on points but cranked back up in the summer, taking both Belmont Park’s Mother Goose (G2) and Saratoga’s Alabama Stakes (G1).

The Peter Brant runner didn’t miss the exacta until she faced older competition, finishing third in Keeneland’s Spinster (G1) before closing the season with a fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Park.

Dunbar Road has worked twice this year at Brown’s winter base, the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida. Her most-recent breeze Sunday measured three furlongs in 37.20 seconds.

Victories last season came between a mile and 1 1/4 miles, with the La Troienne sending her 1 1/16 miles off the bench.

Brown has noted his other top horses returning to training on social media, including champions Uni and Sistercharlie, as well as Grade 1 winner Guarana, who as with Dunbar Road is a newly turned older filly.

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