Brown making Keeneland plans

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Joel Rosario and Uni
Nov 2, 2019; San Anita, CA, USA; Joel Rosario aboard Uni (11) races in the TVG mile race in the 36th Breeders Cup world championships at Santa Anita Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Chad Brown is plotting his Breeders’ Cup strategy with multiple runners after a successful weekend for the trainer.

Brown enjoyed double graded success via Complexity in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park and reigning Champion Turf Female Uni scoring in the Grade 1 First Lady at Keeneland.

Now Brown is eyeing up next month’s Breeders’ Cup meeting for some of his stable stars.

The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile is the preferred option for Complexity. Brown will retain a sprinting option, but he feels the Breeders’ Cup Sprint might just prove too sharp.

“I’m pointing him towards the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. I think six furlongs might be a little quick for him, but I’ll keep him eligible for both races,” said the four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer.

Meanwhile Uni rallied past stablemate Newspaperofrecord at Keeneland to win the fourth Grade 1 race of her distinguished career. She was strong in the finish, having one length to spare on Beau Recall, who nosed out Newspaperofrecord for second best.

Uni is now right on track to defend her title in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile against the boys on November 7th. That run on the biggest stage in American racing will be the swansong for her outstanding career, the trainer has stated.

“Uni ran really well, and we’ll bring her back [to Belmont] to train up to the final start of her career in the Breeders’ Cup Mile,” said Brown. “Hopefully, she can defend her title.”

Should Uni manage to prevail again she’d join Miesque, Lure, Goldikova and Wise Dan in retaining the Breeders’ Cup Mile crown, with Freddy Head’s outstanding French runner Goldikova (2008, 2009, 2010) the only horse to manage a third win so far.

Newspaperofrecord has already tasted success this year in the Intercontinental and the Just A Game at Belmont – the latter in Grade 1 company – but the daughter of Lope de Vega is set to skip the Breeders’ Cup meeting next month.

Instead, the Grade 1 Matriarch at Del Mar late next month could be her 2020 farewell, though Brown is confident that she will race on at five years old.

“Newspaper will come back here, and I’ll talk to [owner] Seth Klarman about if we want to run her one more time or not this year,” said Brown. “If we do, it would be in the Matriarch. We could just rest her.

“I would say probably if she is in good health we’d like to run her another year.”

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