Chad Brown suggests the Breeders’ Cup Meeting is an opportunity for every trainer to demonstrate their ability to get horses ready for ‘championship days’.
The four-time Eclipse Award-winning handler is readying a team of 13 contenders for the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland on November 6th & 7th.
Brown has already tasted success at America’s most prestigious event on 15 occasions in his career and he admits there’s a special feeling about the Breeders’ Cup.
“I think our group [of intended runners] is representative of the diversity of our team, being able to work with any kind of horse,” said Brown. “This is the time to showcase not only your horses but your team’s ability to get to the championship day for various owners out there to see.”
Amongst Brown’s team heading to the Kentucky meeting are Rushing Fall and Sistercharlie, star performers for the yard and both set to be retired after the Breeders’ Cup.
Rushing Fall is already a five-time Grade 1 winner and she captured the top-level Diana last time out at Saratoga in August.
Sistercharlie, meanwhile can lay claim to seven wins at Grade 1 level. She was fourth in the Flower Bowl in just her second start of the season and, like her stablemate, is well on course for Keeneland now after a quiet preparation.
“They’re both training great. Rushing Fall has been a model of consistency all year in works and racing,” said Brown. “Sistercharlie got started a little later than we wanted and was clearly a little rusty and out of form in her first start. In her second start, much improved and we decided to skip the Flower Bowl and go fresh.
“So far, that decision, based on her morning works, is clearly the right one,” added Brown regarding Sistercharlie. “Her last two workouts have been her best two workouts of the year, I thought. She continues to train up to the race the right way.”
Reinvestment Risk meanwhile has played second fiddle to Jackie’s Warrior in both the Hopeful (G1) and Champagne (G1) of late. The latest of those defeats saw more than five lengths splitting the pair and Brown admits that overturning that form in a potential Breeders’ Cup Juvenile rematch will be tough – with Steve Asmussen’s charge clear favourite for that contest.
“I just don’t think he cared for the track particularly at Belmont that day,” said Brown. “That said, the winner was super impressive, and it’s hard to imagine anyone beating him even if he loved the track that day.
“He’s come back and worked well and I think he’ll appreciate a different surface at Keeneland,” added Brown. “I have a feeling that track will play a little more like Saratoga.”