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Brown Trio Fine Morning After Coolmore Jenny Wiley 1-2-3 Finish

Keeneland Press Release

Baldo Hernandez, assistant to the Spring Meet’s leading trainer, Chad Brown, reported the stable’s three horses that were first across the finish in Saturday’s $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) were fine Sunday morning.

Peter M. Brant’s Sistercharlie (IRE), the 3-1 second choice, won the 1 1/16-mile turf race by 2¼ lengths with Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and Gary Aisquith’sFourstar Crook second at odds of 7-1. A neck behind in third was Martin S. Schwartz’s 5-1 choice Off Limits (IRE).

The Brown trifecta paid $76.10.

Brown is believed to be the first trainer in Keeneland history to saddle the first three finishers in a stakes.

The Coolmore Jenny Wiley victory also marked Brown’s fourth stakes win of the meet and his eighth win this season. He needs one more stakes victory to set the Keeneland record for the Spring or Fall Meet. For the Spring Meet, Brown is tied with Ben Jones (1948) and Todd Pletcher (2011) with a record four stakes wins. During the Fall Meet, D. Wayne Lukas (1994 and 1995), Mark Casse (2016) and Graham Motion (2016) each trained four stakes winners.

Sistercharlie, a 4-year-old daughter of Myboycharlie (IRE), had not raced since July 8, when she was second to stablemate New Money Honey in the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1). That was another race in which Brown runners took the top three spots. He also sent out third-place finisher Uni (GB).

The Coolmore Jenny Wiley winner also gave Brant his second victory in two days. Brant is a partner in the ownership of Pacific Wind, who won a 1-mile allowance race on dirt Friday by 8¼ lengths. Brant owns the 3-year-old Curlin filly with Joe Ciaglia’s Ciaglia Racing, Sharon Alesia and Dominic Savides.

Sistercharlie was ridden by John Velazquez, who scored his 50th Keeneland stakes victory. Velazquez is sixth on the list of leading jockeys by stakes victories, which is led by Pat Day’s 95.

Brown also won the Coolmore Jenny Wiley in 2015 with Ball Dancing. His other stakes wins during the 2018 Spring Meet are the April 6 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3) with Analyze It, April 7 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) with Good Magicand April 8 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association with Rushing Fall.

He returned to his New York base following yesterday’s race.

John Oxley’s three-time Keeneland stakes winner La Coronel is in good shape after her fourth-place finish in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley, reported David Carroll, assistant to trainer Mark Casse.

“La Coronel cooled out beautifully and she shipped back to Churchill Downs last night,” Carroll said Sunday morning. “She ran a big race, and congratulations to the winner. She might run over Derby weekend, but I don’t know.”

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