Four-time Eclipse Award winning trainer Chad Brown is off to a sensational start at the 25-day Belmont Park spring/summer meet, capturing two of the four graded stakes carded Saturday.
Brown said Sunday morning both stakes winners emerged from their triumphs in good order.
Grade 3 Intercontinental winner Newspaperofrecord, who raced for the first time in 11 months, notched her first victory since a sensational 6 ¾-length romp in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in November 2018. She will target the $300,000 Just a Game (G1) on June 27 at Belmont, a race which could also feature her stablemate Uni.
The 4-year-old daughter of Lope de Vega, now unbeaten on yielding turf in four attempts, garnered a career-best 103 Beyer Speed Figure for the triumph in the seven-furlong Intercontinental over the Widener turf course and led a Brown-trained superfecta, rounded out by graded stakes winners Regal Glory, Significant Form and Viadera, who was making her first start in North America.
Brown's superstar turf miler Rushing Fall, who captured the Beaugay (G3) on Wednesday on Belmont's Opening Day, will target the $350,000 Jenny Wiley (G1) on July 11 at Keeneland Race Course.
"They look fine," Brown said. "She ran great and came back super this morning so I'm happy about that."
Brown will be targeting a fourth consecutive win in the one-mile Just a Game having previously saddled Antonoe (2017), A Raving Beauty (2018) and Rushing Fall (2019) to victory.
Owned by Seth Klarman's Klaravich Stables, Newspaperofrecord went unbeaten in all three of her juvenile efforts but was winless in three sophomore starts.
Brown also saddled OXO Equine's Instilled Regard in Saturday's Fort Marcy (G2) over late-closing stable mate Devamani. Brown said Instilled Regard, a 5-year-old son of Arch, could race back in the $400,000 Manhattan (G1) on July 4.
"I'd like to get back up to a-mile-and-a-quarter and see how he does," said Brown, a five-time winner of the Manhattan.
Brown used last year's Manhattan as a resume builder for subsequent Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar.
Instilled Regard, a graded stakes winner on both dirt and turf, recorded a 102 Beyer for the win, making amends following a sixth in the Muniz Memorial Classic (G2) at Fair Grounds.
A $1,050,000 acquisition from the Ocala Breeders Sales Company's 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale in March 2017, Instilled Regard is out of the Forestry broodmare Enhancing whose dam was 1994 Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Heavenly Prize.