Flintshire (GB) (Dansili) and jockey Javier Castellano win the Sword Dancer (Gr I) at Saratoga
The morning after he saddled 18 runners on the Travers Day card, it was business as usual for trainer Chad Brown.
Brown, who is leading the training standings in his quest for his first Saratoga title, worked several horses Sunday morning over the Oklahoma turf, including Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes winner Sea Calisi, who will run next at the Belmont Park fall championship meet in the Grade 1, $ 500,00 Flower Bowl Invitational Oct. 8.
Sea Calisi, in her first work since winning the Beverly D. on August 13, covered a half-mile in 50.62 in company with Wekeela.
“Just a maintenance work – stretched [Sea Calisi’s] legs a little bit – worked terrific,” Brown said.
The 1 1/4-mile Flower Bowl, which Brown won last year with Stephanie’s Kitten, en route to her victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, is also at the top of the list for Lady Eli‘s next start.
Making her first start since winning the Belmont Oaks July 4, 2015, Lady Eli finished second in yesterday’s Grade 2 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa Stakes. She was beaten less than a length by 27-1 long shot Strike Charmer in the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes, which was run in 1:38.77, a time that was tantalizingly close to eclipsing Ironicus’ course record of 1:38.54.
“I’m disappointed she got beat, but it was a tall order, she hadn’t run in 14 months, and they ran fast,” Brown said. “I didn’t quite expect the race to go that fast. She just got a little tired at the end. Hopefully, she will get a lot out of that and move forward.”
Flintshire was the star of the day for the Brown barn on Saturday. The turf sensation won the Grade 1 Longines Sword Dancer Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths over stablemate Money Multiplier. It was the second consecutive year the horse won the Sword Dancer, and the third time in row that the 6-year-old won for Brown, who saddled him to a victory earlier in the meet in the Grade 2 Bowling Green. In his first start for Brown, the Juddmonte Farms’ homebred won the Grade 1 Manhattan at Belmont Park.
In both the Bowling Green and Sword Dancer there were some anxious moments for his connections, as Flintshire and jockey Javier Castellano found themselves bottled up in traffic on the final turn. But they were able to shake free in both those races, and Flintshire scampered to visually impressive wins.
“He’s a remarkable horse, we’re lucky to have him,” Brown said of the leader of the male turf division in this country. “I’m not surprised anymore [by his races]. He came out of his victory great so far and we plan on the Joe Hirsch.”
The Grade 1, $ 600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational will be run at Belmont Park October 1.
Brown also reported that his Travers starters, Connect [sixth], Gift Box [fourth] and My Man Sam [eighth], came out of the race in good order.
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