Sunday, November 2, 2014

New York-based Chad Brown has outstanding Breeders' Cup; Velazquez wins third Shoemaker Award

Sunday, November 2, 2014

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New York-based Chad Brown has outstanding Breeders' Cup;

Velazquez wins third Shoemaker Award

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Mechanicville, N.Y. native Chad Brown dominated the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park by saddling the winners of three races, including a 1-2 finish in the Grade 1, $2 million Filly & Mare Turf with New York-bred Dayatthespa and Stephanie's Kitten.

Brown also captured the Grade 1, $1 million Turf Sprint with Bobby's Kitten and the Grade 1, $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf with Lady Eli, becoming the third trainer to win three Breeders' Cup events in a single year. Richard Mandella holds the record with four in 2003.

"It was an unbelievable weekend," said the Belmont Park-based Brown, whose horses earned $2.59 million over the course of the two-day event, bumping Brown's career mark to $5.47 million from five winners. "I am so happy for my clients and my staff who works so hard. I'm down in the winner's circle getting the trophies and doing the interviews but I have so many hard-working people under me who don't get credit. I'm just happy for all of them and so proud of them."

Brown, who took his third consecutive Belmont Park fall training title at the recently concluded meet, trained his first Breeders' Cup winner in 2008 when Maram took the Juvenile Fillies Turf. In 2012, he won the Filly & Mare Turf with Zagora

New York-based jockeys also fared well at the Breeders' Cup, with Belmont fall riding champion Irad Ortiz, Jr. (Lady Eli), reigning Eclipse Award winner Javier Castellano (Dayatthespa), and Joel Rosario (Bobby's Kitten) each riding a winner for Brown. The win marked Ortiz's first at the Breeders' Cup, while it was Castellano's fourth and Rosario's third.

Hall of Famer John Velazquez, who entered Saturday with 12 Breeders' Cup victories and $19,792,930 in earnings, added a win for the New York colony when he guided Main Sequence to a thrilling triumph in the Grade 1, $3 million Turf. Main Sequence, trained by Graham Motion, entered the Turf on a three-race win streak - all in Grade 1 races - punctuated by victories in the Sword Dancer at Saratoga Race Course and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park.

For his Breeders' Cup exploits, which included a pair of second and third-place finishes, Velazquez earned his third Bill Shoemaker Award as the outstanding jockey of the event.

While the Grade 1, $2 million Juvenile belonged to Texas Red, a pair of New York-based horses followed him home, with the Todd Pletcher-trained Carpe Diem and the Rick Violette-trained Upstart finishing second and third, respectively.

In the Turf, trainer Tom Albertrani's Twilight Eclipse continued his string of strong performances in Grade 1 races by finishing third, 1 ¼ lengths behind runner-up Flintshire, who also finished second in the Group 1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.



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