Brown tasked with getting Without Parole 'back on form'

October 08, 2019 02:43pm

Without Parole, the 2018 Royal Ascot winner who has continued to compete in some of the world’s most prestigious races on turf, shifted recently from the care of John Gosden in Europe to Chad Brown in the United States.

Tanya Gunther, who campaigns the 4-year-old son of Frankel with her father, John, said Tuesday that race plans are still forming.

“We’re just seeing when he gets fit and trying to work it out from there,” she said.

Having last raced in Newbury’s Lockinge Stakes (G1) on May 18, Without Parole was brought over to the U.S. in August with ideas of aiming for the Breeders’ Cup, which Gunther called “an alluring possibility.”

If he’s to go in that direction — likely in the Mile division — it would be without a prep after the colt was nominated to last Saturday’s Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland but not entered.

“The timing was against us on that because he’d only had three works,” Gunther said.

Without Parole posted domestic breeze No. 4 on Sunday, going five furlongs over the Belmont Park turf.

The Breeders’ Cup Mile runs Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park, providing time enough for three more drills should connections want to take a shot. It’s one thing to pre-enter, however, and another to make it in the body of what’s likely to be a full field determined by the Breeders’ Cup committee.

“You’re taking a fairly big leap from not having run for a while,” Gunther said. “It’ll be Chad’s call at the end of of the day.”

If not the Breeders’ Cup, connections haven’t ruled out running in 2020.

Without Parole, a homebred, broke out in the June 19 St. James’s Palace just more than a week after Justify, who the Gunthers bred at their Glennwood Farm in Versailles, Ky., completed his 2018 Triple Crown sweep.

Without Parole improved to 4-for-4 at the time but hasn’t hit the board five subsequent starts, all at the Group 1 level.

“We had a couple bumps along the road, to be fair,” Gunther said, “but I think he’s training really well right now. He’s feeling good, Chad’s happy with him and touch wood he’ll keep progressing. Hopefully we’ll see him back on form.”


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