Tuesday, June 28 2022

Brown prepares other runners for a trip to Pimlico

ELMONT, NY – Under cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60s in the Elmont area Friday morning, Klaravich Stables’ Early voting has made its final serious preparations for next Saturday’s Year 1, $1.5M Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse.

Trained by Chad Brown, Early Voting came under the guidance of jockey Jose Ortiz outside the stable mate Miles D. The stakes-winning pair went three-eights in 36.40 seconds before completing the five-furlong move in 1:00.63 and galloping six furlongs in 1:13 flat on the fast main track.

“He hit the times like I wanted him to and he galloped super,” Brown said of Early Voting. “If he comes out of the breeze in good shape, then he’s on Pimlico. Provisionally, I’m thinking of shipping the horse on Tuesday.

The lightly run son of second generation bull Gun Runner will arrive at the Preakness after a narrow loss in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino on April 9 at Aqueduct, which came after an open length triumph in the Grade 3 Withers two months before.

Brown and Seth Klarman, owner of Klaravich Stables, picked up a collaborative victory in the 2017 Preakness Stakes with Cloud Computing, which beat 2016 Champion 2-Year-Old Classic Empire in the streak to give both connections their first win in a row. American Classic.

Like Cloud Computing, Early Voting will also arrive at the Preakness off the Wood Memorial with just three starts under its belt. Cloud Computing finished third in the 2017 Wood Memorial finishing seven lengths behind the Irish War Cry.

“There are a lot of similarities,” Brown said. “They’re both lightly raced, improve horses coming out of the woodwork and could use a little more time and experience rather than throwing them into a 20 horse field in the Derby.”

Miles D. winning the Discovery at Aqueduct on November 27, 2021. (Susie Raisher)

Peter Brant and Robert V. LaPenta’s Miles D is also slated for a trip to Maryland next weekend and will point to the 1 3/16-mile Grade 3, $300,000 Pimlico Special next Friday.

The 4 year old son of Curling got off to a start this year, finishing third in the Olympiad winning multiple graded stakes in the Grade 3 mine shaft on Feb. 19 at the Fair Grounds Race Course. Last year, he finished second in his Hall of Fame Stallion’s namesake race at Saratoga, en route to a third-place finish at the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers the following month. He capped off his second campaign with a win over Speaker’s Corner in Discovery on Nov. 17 at Aqueduct.

“Miles D worked on the inside, he’s actually a little better on the outside, but that’s how it is today,” said Brown, who won the 2013 Pimlico Special with Last Gunfighter. “He had a lot of work this morning. He missed some time because he got sick before the Oaklawn Handicap, so we missed that race. He should appreciate the distance of the Pimlico Special.

A $470,000 purchase at Keeneland’s September 2019 yearling sale, Miles D is out of mare Bernardini Sound the Trumpets, a half-sister to champion 2-year-old Storm Flag Flying 2-year-old. His second and third dams respectively are My Flag, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in 1995, and Personal Ensign, undefeated Hall of Famer.

Also on the work tab for Brown this morning were Juddmonte’s Masen (GB) and the stables of Klaravich’ Unanimous consent (GB) (Almanzor {FR}), who completed five furlongs in company in 1:02 on the indoor turf.

Masen, a son of king manfinished second in his North American debut for Brown at the last Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile at Keeneland and will likely point to the $100,000 Seek Again on May 21 with the Grade 3, $250,000 Poker on June 18 as a backup .

“I just want to keep it a mile right now and the race is there,” Brown said. “If I don’t run him there, I’m going to rest him and train him in poker next month.”

Bred in Great Britain by his owners, Masen is out of the mare Smart Strike Continental Drift, whose dam was Champion Turf Mare Intercontinental in 2005.

Unanimous consent with ears pricked winning the Woodhaven at Aqueduct on April 23. (Joe Labozetta)

Brown said he will lead Unanimous Consent, the undefeated winner of last Woodhaven at Aqueduct, to the $200,000 Grade 2 Pennine Ridge on June 4 at Belmont Park.

Klaravich stables standard bearers consumer spending (more than ready), and Technical analysis (IRE) went through five stadiums in 1:01.60 on the indoor grass course.

Consumer Spending, which defeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Pizza Bianca at the last Memories of Silver on April 24 at Big A, will point to the Grade 2, $200,000 Wonder Again on June 9 at Belmont Park. Brown had previously won the nine furlongs test with Lady Eli [2015]New Money Honey [2017] and Cambier Park [2019].

Technical Analysis, a 4-year-old daughter of Kingman, will likely target the 3rd-year, $250,000 Gallorette on Pimlico’s Preakness undercard next Saturday. Brown has won three Gallorette races, the first of which came with Zagora in 2012, who won the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf that year.

Consumer spending wins Memories of Silver on April 24. (NYRA/Coglianese)

Rank 1 quite possible (Curlin), who picked up her first two-round victory at Keeneland, will be targeting Year 2, $250,000 Black Eyed Susan on May 20 at Pimlico. The second year filly Curlin finished second to Juju’s Map in the Alcibiades year 1 at Keeneland last year before arriving in style on a six month layoff in her last win on April 10 . It is owned by Bradley Thoroughbreds, Gary Finder, Belmar Racing and Breeding. , Tim Cambron, Anna Cambron and the Hanley team.

Brown made two trips to the winner’s circle on Thursday at Belmont, including with New York-born Jeff Drown. Key point (Into Mischief), who made his second start a win. The homebred Into Mischief spanned seven furlongs in style, with a 6 1/2 length victory over other state-bred winners on the main track. The impressive score recorded a 95 Beyer.

“He performed well at seven yesterday and he made me feel like he would stretch more and I can’t wait for him to go longer,” Brown said.

Key Point is out of Polite Smile, a half-sister to graduate stakes winner American Anthem, and her dam Indy’s Windy is a half-sister to 1998 champion 3-year-old filly Banshee Breeze.

NYRA Press Office
Pictured: Early voting smashing his young daughter at the aqueduct on Dec. 18, 2021. (NYRA/Coglianese)

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