Brown moves up ranks with 12th win

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - SPORTS - By Tim Wilkin

Louisville, Ky. Chad Brown con­tin­ues to climb up the Breed­ers’ Cup stand­ings.

The 39-year-old Me­chan­icville trainer won the $2 mil­lion Filly & Mare Turf with Sis­ter­char­lie (3-1) at Churchill Downs on Satur­day. That gave Brown, who won a Breed­ers’ Cup race here on Fri­day, his 12th ca­reer win in the pres­ti­gious event. That win also moved him into a third-place tie on the all-time list of trainer wins with Europe’s Ai­dan O’brien.

Sis­ter­char­lie, rid­den by John Ve­lazquez, ral­lied down the cen­ter of the stretch to just get past fa­vored Wild Il­lu­sion (5-2) and win by a neck. Sis­ter­char­lie was one of five horses Brown en­tered in the 13/8-mile race. The oth­ers were A Rav­ing Beauty (third), Fourstar Crook (7th), Santa Mon­ica (10th) and Thais (13th).

“This horse, when you watch the re­play, she re­ally lunges at the wire,” Brown said. “She knows ex­actly where the wire is, and if she’s any­where close to that lead near the wire, she’s go­ing to win.”

Sis­ter­char­lie, a 4-year-old, is owned by Peter Brant. She has won six of 10 ca­reer starts on the grass, four of five this year. All three of her wins this sea­son have been Grade I’s, in­clud­ing the Diana at Saratoga.

Sis­ter­char­lie was timed in 2:20.96 and paid $8.60, $4.20 and $3.40.

Wild Il­lu­sion, who balked at go­ing into the start­ing gate, paid $4.80 and $3.40 and A Rav­ing Beauty re­turned $6.40.

Sprint: The dream sea­son for Prom­ises Ful­filled, owned by Voorheesville’s Bob Baron, ended when his speedy colt set wicked fast frac­tions and then had to set­tle for fourth in the $2 mil­lion Sprint, a race won by de­fend­ing cham­pion Roy H. Roy H be­came the 18th horse in the 35-year his­tory of the Breed­ers’ Cup to win the same race twice. Roy H is trained by Peter Miller, who also had a re­peat win­ner ear­lier in the card with Stormy Lib­eral in the Turf Sprint. Prom­ises Ful­filled, who had won the Grade I Allen Jerkens and Grade

III Am­s­ter­dam at Saratoga last sum­mer, set early frac­tions of 21.35 for the quar­ter-mile and 44.21 for the half-mile in the six-fur­long race. Roy H, rid­den by Paco Lopez (his first Breed­ers’ Cup win), swept past Prom­ises Ful­filled, and Dis­tinc­tive B, an­other Miller horse, and drew off to win. The fi­nal time was 1:08.24. Whit­more fin­ished se­cond and 3-5 fa­vorite Im­pe­rial Hint was third.

Distaff: Monomoy Girl clinched the Eclipse Award for top 3-year-old filly — she prob­a­bly had it clinched way be­fore this — when she had her own way in the $2 mil­lion Distaff. Rid­den by Florent Ger­oux and trained by Brad Cox, Monomoy Girl won her sixth race in seven starts this year, five of them Grade I’s. The only blem­ish on her sea­son was in the Cotil­lion at Parx when she won the race but was dis­qual­i­fied and placed se­cond.

This was the first Breed­ers’ Cup win for Cox, who had sad­dled three other Breed­ers’ Cup horses in his ca­reer. Wow Cat, trained by Chad Brown, fin­ished a fast-clos­ing se­cond.

Turf: En­able made his­tory as she be­came the first horse to ever win the $4 mil­lion Turf after tak­ing the pres­ti­gious Arc de Tri­om­phe in France. En­able won a duel with fel­low 3-year-old filly Mag­i­cal to win the 11⁄2-mile race by three-quar­ters of a length.

Turf Mile: Ex­pert Eye ($13.80) closed strongly to get by Cat­a­pult and win the $2 mil­lion race for 3-year-olds and up.

Dirt Mile: Mr. and Mrs. Wil­liam War­ren’s City of Light dom­i­nated the $1 mil­lion race, draw­ing off to win by 23⁄4 lengths for trainer Mike Mc­carthy and jockey Javier Castel­lano.

Turf Sprint: Stormy Lib­eral (7-1) re­peated in this race, win­ning a pro­longed stretch duel with 2-1 fa­vorite World of Trou­ble. The fi­nal mar­gin of vic­tory was a neck.

Filly & Mare Sprint: The Breed­ers’ Cup opener was one for long-shot play­ers as Sham­rock Rose (25-1) edged Chalon (14-1) by a head in the $1 mil­lion race. Anonymity (31-1) was third.

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