Brown has recorded three previous versions of the mile-long inner-court test for 3-year-olds, including with the 2019 winner King of Glory . Christophe Clement in wins (4) and leads all coaches in earnings ($711,053).
Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Robert V. LaPenta’s Dolce Zel are the only graded equity winners in the field, winning March 12 Florida Oaks (G3T) at Tampa Bay Downs in its North American debut and first for Brown.
Daughter of Zelzal began his career in his native France and won a second one last fall at Longchamp before opening the season with a win at the Florida Oaks. She won additional categorical bets in the next two starts with the second and third respectively, in the Appalachian Stakes presented by the Japan Racing Association (G2T) at Keeneland and Edgewood Shares last presented by Forcht Bank (G2T) at Churchill Downs.
Brown said: “I let her catch her breath a bit after her race at Churchill. “She’s been training a lot and running all winter, and she’s been running well in Tampa, so I let her breathe. She’s going to be a little fresh in this race, so we’re going to let her breathe. I’ll see. Will fit her a mile away.”
Distance was also a factor in joining Elkstone Corporation’s famous Michael Dubb and Victor, who won the one-mile Wild Applause Stakes race at Belmont Parkwhere she beat her stable friend double win Oakhurst and deposit classification Breeze Easy .
Privately purchased after her winning debut last summer at Arlington International Racecourse, daughter of Mr. Z won the black 1st in the first start for Brown with the final result being third in Honeysuckleby Natalma Stakes (G1T) last September.
After her Wild Applause coup, Brown said she would be considered for Saratoga Oaks Invited Shares (G3T) on Aug. 7. In the end, he decided to keep Eminent Victor at a mile in the moment. currently, but says she could stretch into the fall for the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup of Keeneland presented by Dixiana (G1T) on October 15.
“She’s training really well, but I don’t feel completely comfortable moving her up thirty or sixteen miles,” Brown said. “She’s only run once this year. I’ll try to stretch her out a bit later in the year. I think she’s an interesting pony at the end of the year to be able to get to Queen Elizabeth at a mile.” -and-an- eighth if we can get there. I’m building her to that distance instead of just throwing her too far.”
Also entered Friday as a stake winner Princess Koala who came to Lake George after an eight-month hiatus, Shug McGaughey trained Skims people entering from two third places end up against the 2nd tier company, and Spirit and Glory who recently won his state debut in a first option claimant on June 16 in Belmont.
Racecourse SaratogaFriday, July 22, 2022, Race No. 9
- Level III
- 3 yo Fillies
- 5:39 pm (local)