Chad Brown Trio Takes On Coolmore Jenny Wiley
Keeneland Press Release
Saturday’s $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) offered what trainer Chad Brown was seeking, so he entered three horses in the race: Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and Gary Aisquith’s Grade 2 winner Fourstar Crook, Martin S. Schwartz’s Grade 1 winner Off Limits (IRE) and Peter M. Brant’s Group 3 winner Sistercharlie (IRE).
“We have different goals for the three of them,” said Brown, who won the 2015 Jenny Wiley with Ball Dancing. “The race is available. The timing’s good. There’s not a lot of options this time of year for horses of this caliber. We’ll get them started here and see what happens.”
Five entrants in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley last ran March 10 in the Hillsborough (G2). Fourstar Crook won the race by a head from Proctor’s Ledge with La Coronel three-quarters of a length behind in third. Off Limits was fifth, and Lovely Bernadette was eighth.
“She is a very consistent horse,” Brown said about Fourstar Crook, a 6-year-old daughter of Freud, who won three of her five 2017 races, including the Dr. James Penny Memorial (G3) at Parx. “For her, a mile and a sixteenth is maybe a shade short. But she knows where the wire is. She wins a lot.”
Off Limits’ five wins last year included the Matriarch (G1), Athenia (G3) and Noble Damsel (G3).
“She had a great season last year. She only lost one time,” Brown said.
The Coolmore Jenny Wiley marks the 2018 debut for Sistercharlie, who has not raced since her second to stablemate New Money Honey in the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) in July. In France, Sistercharlie won the Prix Penelope (G3) and was second in the Prix de Diane (G1).
“It’s a little short in distance,” Brown said about the Coolmore Jenny Wiley. “I don’t have a lot of options to get her started. On class, she’s good enough to win. She is more effective at slightly longer distances.
“She came over highly regarded, and she’s been a nice addition to our barn.”
Brown said his three runners all “come from off the pace. There’s going to be some sort of pace established, we hope. From there, they will have to work a trip out.”
Through the first four days of the 16-day Spring Meet, Brown leads all trainers with six wins. They include the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) with champion Good Magic, Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association with Rushing Fall and Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3) with Analyze It.
Good Magic, owned by e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables, returned to the track Wednesday.
“He’s moving really well,” Brown said.