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Four-time Eclipse Award-winning coach Chad Brown Early voting and Zandon Saturday at the main Saratoga Race Course in preparation for Year 2, $600,000 jim dandya nine-stage test for sophomores on July 30.
Jeff Drown’s Zandon went solo five-eighths in 1:01.95 under practice rider Kriss Bon, while the Klaravich Stables-owned Early Voting duo with Jose Ortiz up, and accretive covered the same distance in 1:01.05. Accretive is pointed towards $200,000 amsterdam (G2), a 2,100-meter sprint for second-year students on July 31 at Spa.
Brown said his two Jim Dandy suitors worked well.
“Both horses behaved very well. Zandon left alone. It was a nice easy job for him. I was really happy with the way he was moving,” Brown said. “With Early Voting, I did a little more with him today with a work colleague. He turned out fabulous. I was thrilled. As long as they come out of the works well, I’ll be happy.
Brown said Early Voting, the final winner of the Preakness on May 21 at Pimlico Racecourse, impressed with his first breeze at the main Saratoga track.
“We wanted to see how he moved on the track,” Brown said. “He seems like a really good horse that way. It looks like he’s taking his racetrack with him. I never see him training badly, but it’s always nice to get rid of him and give him some work on the track to see that he moves well.
Early Voting, by Gun Runner, crossed a handful of times on Oklahoma’s dirt practice track last fall ahead of a winter campaign at Aqueduct Racetrack that included a lead race in the Withers (G3) in February before a second effort for eventual Belmont Stakes winner Mo Donegal in Wood Memorial (G2).
Zandon, a dark bay son of Upstart, was second to Mo Donegal in the Remsen (G2) in December at Aqueduct. Two starts later, he posted a rallying score in the Grade 1 Blue Grass (G1) in April at Keeneland before his final third in the Kentucky Derby on May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Accretive, by Practical Joke, was purchased for $180,000 at Keeneland’s September yearling sale. He graduated in impressive fashion on his debut, scoring 5 3/4 in a special 6 1/2 stadia first weight on June 26 at Belmont Park.
Brown has nine horses entered in today’s Haskell (G1) card stakes at Monmouth Park, led by undefeated Jack Christopher in the $1 million headline event. Brown and Ortiz, who are riding the talented chestnut Munnings in the nine furlong test for sophomores, left Saratoga shortly after morning practice.
While Brown will be busy on multiple fronts on Saturday, he will also be represented in the first leg of Canada’s Triple Tiara on Sunday with Sahlabiyawhich is listed at $500,000 Woodbine Oaksa nine stage test for second year fillies bred in Canada.
A maiden in two starts on the grass at Belmont, Sahlabiya is listed at 3-1 on the morning line with Kazushi Kimura named to roll. Kimura is off his mounts on Saturday after being knocked down during a race on Friday.
The bay Medaglia d’Oro, out of the mare Tapit Orchard Beach, is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Sergei Prokofiev. She finished third on her May 1 debut in a race won by Canisy by a neckline over the contemporary art formed by Brown. Canisy has since captured an allowance tilt in Saratoga.
Last outing, Sahlabiya set the pace in a special nine-stage first weight en route to a second-place effort, finishing 4 1/2 lengths off contemporary art.
To graduate in style, Sahlabiya will have to improve the graduated stakes placed Moira, the 5-2 morning line favorite, who is coached by Kevin Attard for X-Men Racing, Madaket Stables and SF Racing. Brown said he was cautiously optimistic about his filly’s chances trying Tapeta for the first time.
“She’s a young girl and there’s a favorite who is a proven horse. We’ll take a chance,” Brown said. “I know she will get the distance. She is lightly raced. It is a very prestigious race.”
Brown, who leads the Spa summer meet with seven wins heading into Saturday’s card, saddled the top two of Friday’s Grade 3 at Lake Geoge with Dolce Zel [86 Beyer] sniffing Eminent Victor [85 Beyer]. He also dispatched his first-time winner Appraise in Friday’s opener to post a header score in a 5 1/2 furlong turf sprint that earned a 74 Beyer.