ABL Stable, Domenic Bossone, Peter Donnelly and Jacob Schnoor Jr.’s Golden Brown posted an upset victory in the $200,375 Grade III Kent Stakes at Delaware Park today.
With Jairo Rendon aboard, the 3-year-old son of Offlee Wild won by 1 ¾-lengths and returned $33.20 as the second longest shot in the field of eight.
Hot Springs, with Feargal Lynch, finished second and it was a length farther back to Carrick, with John Velazquez, in third. The 6-to-5 favorite, Untamed Domain, with Jose Ortiz finished sixth after being checked on the far turn and then again along the inside rail in upper stretch. The pace setter, Archaggelos, with Mario Pino cut early fractions of 24.60 for the quarter-mile, 48.55 for the half-mile and 1:11.68 for the three-quarters mile before finishing fourth, but was disqualified and placed sixth by the stewards. The final time for the mile and an eighth over a firm turf course was 1:48.06.
Golden Brown raised his career record to three wins from seven starts with earnings of $209,500. The Kent was the first career stake victory for the New Jersey-bred trained by Patrick McBurney.
McBurney decided on the Kent Stakes after Golden Brown ran a strong second in his career turf debut in the mile and a sixteenth $63,000 Dan Horn Stakes at Monmouth Park on June 17 in his last race.
“After his first time on turf, where he ran a fantastic race against tough older horse, we were looking for a straight 3-year-old race,” said winning trainer Patrick McBurney. “This was a Grade III, but we thought we would take a shot. We looked at the numbers and his stacked up within a couple points of the highest number. We thought he would improve and he could only help himself by running 1-2-3 a race like this.”
Now that Golden Brown has had two strong efforts on the turf, McBurney is looking to keep Golden Brown on the grass.
“We hope to find something at Saratoga if he comes out of this good,” McBurney said. “We would like to find another 3-year-old race long on the grass because that is his game.”