The winner of the Preakness Stakes (G1) had his first show off at the Spa on July 23 and covered five sweaters in 1:01.05. Early voting worked in the company with gelding 3 years old Exactly who is being pointed to Amsterdam (G2) $200,000 on July 31.
Brown is also the winner of Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) Zandon simultaneously on July 23. Both horses went out at 8:45 a.m. ET. Zandon, along with gymnast Kriss Bon on the boat, did the five grips on his own and was timed at 1:01.95. Zandon, son of Start up owned by Jeff Drown.
Both horses are being pointed to $600,000 Jim Dandy (G2) in Saratoga on July 30.
“It was an easy job for (Zandon),” Brown said back at the warehouse. “I’m really pleased with the way he’s moved. With Early Vote, I’ve done a bit more with him with a work buddy. He’s been great. As long as they launch the work. well, I’ll be happy.”
Brown and Ortiz were out of town at 10 a.m. to catch a flight to Monmouth Parkwhere they are set up to partner with Jack Christopher in TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) worth $1 million at the end of the day.
Ortiz participated in Early Voting, son of Gunman , in all four of his starts, three of them won. His lone defeat came at the Wood Memorial Stakes presented by Resorts World Casino (G2) at Aqueduct race track April 9. He lost a neck to Mo Donegal .
While this is the first major hit for Early Voting, he had five plays on the Oklahoma Training Track last fall.
“This is just a normal job for him.” Ortiz said. “We went at 1:01 and galloped 1:13. That’s what we were looking for.”