Chad Brown is North America’s reigning three-times champion trainer. He has won 12 Breeders’ Cup races, 10 just in the last five years with multiple winners in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
He brings nine runners to this year’s event, with a 10th pre-entrant, Princesa Caroline having been withdrawn from consideration due to a temperature.
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STRUCTOR (Juvenile Turf): An $850,000 2-year-old-in-training purchase, this son of Palace Malice won his debut on August 31st at Saratoga and came back with a narrow victory in the Grade 3 Pilgrim at Belmont. Both races were at 1 1-16 miles. The Juvenile Turf is at one mile.
“He’s got a lot of natural ability, he’s got good positional speed, he’s a horse that keeps improving, I’m proud of that horse,” Brown said. “From when he first came in until now, he’s just matured and does everything you want to see a young horse do.”
SELFLESSLY (Juvenile Fillies Turf): This daughter of More Than Ready will seek to give Brown his fourth consecutive victory and sixth overall in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. After running second in a 5 1-2-furlong race at Saratoga, she broke her maiden going 1 1-16 miles in the Grade 2 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park.
“She’s grown a lot, Brown said. “When she came in, it was a no-brainer to run her in a sprint race first time out. She looked a little sprinty but with plenty of ability. She’s really grown a lot particularly the last eight weeks. She’s gotten taller and filled out more. We saw that coming into the Grillo. We weren’t afraid to stretch her out to a mile and a sixteenth. I think a mile is better for her and I’d say she’s coming into the race in fine shape.”
SISTERCHARLIE (Filly and Mare Turf): A Group 3 winner as a 3-year-old for Henri-Alex Pantall, this daughter of Myboycharlie blossomed in North America under Brown’s care. In 2018, she went 4 for 5, all wins coming in Grade 1 company including the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. She was voted North America’s champion female turf horse.
After an illness knocked her out of the first half of the year, she has scored repeat Grade 1 victories in the Diana at Saratoga and Beverly D at Arlington. Most recently, she won the Grade 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont Park, a race that visually and from a speed-figure standpoint was below her best. Brown said that actually might be beneficial leading into the Breeders’ Cup.
“I didn’t want her to have a hard race and I think she just did what she had to do to win and had plenty left in reserve,” Brown said. “I don’t have to worry about her bouncing off that race; really the Flower Bowl was exactly the kind of race I wanted.”
THAIS (Filly and Mare Turf): Beginning with the 2018 Beverly D, Thais has been used primarily as a pacemaker for Sistercharlie, the latter doing her best running from off the pace. She has certainly done her job well as Sistercharlie is 5 for 5 with Thais in the race.
Thais was talented enough to hold for third in both the 2018 Beverly D and the 2019 Flower Bowl. She finished 13th in last year’s Filly and Mare Turf.
“She’s really stepped up and done her job these last couple of races,” Brown said. “She seems to be headed in there in fine condition as well.”
UNI (Mile): A Great Britain-bred mare who began her career in the barn Fabrice Chappet, this daughter of More Than Ready has won 7 of 11 starts over the last three years for Brown.
Her scintillating course-record score in the Grade 1 First Lady at Keeneland on October 5th prompted her connections to supplement to the Breeders’ Cup for a $100,000 fee. Though the First Lady was a “Win and You’re In” for the Filly and Mare Turf, it is the one mile distance at which Uni excels, sporting a 6 for 7 record.
She comes in with two wins in three starts this year, her lone defeat coming the only time she faced males, although she was third to the filly Get Stormy in the Grade 1 Fourstardave at Saratoga.
“I loved her whole season, but particularly her last race,” Brown said. “I was very much in favor of going to the Breeder’s Cup.”
WITHOUT PAROLE (Mile): Winner of the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes for John Gosden as a 3-year-old in 2018, this 4-year-old son of Frankel was shipped to Brown in the early part of summer He has been training steadily and landed four deep on the preference list from the Breeders’ Cup Selection Committee, but was able to crack the field and was entered on Monday.
His last two works have been in company with Bricks And Mortar.
“I feel like he’s a horse that’s sitting on a really good race somewhere,” Brown said. “He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do, he’s a real neat horse. He’s very classy, he’s got a great mind on him he does exactly what you want him to do.”
DUNBAR ROAD (Distaff): This daughter of Quality Road is among the leading 3-year-old fillies in North America with victories in the Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 2 Mother Goose. She is coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland, her first try against older fillies and mares.
“She got stuck on a dead rail in that race, she bounced out of it well, she’s had two works and they’ve been fabulous,” Brown said.
WOW CAT (Distaff): A champion in Chile, she has only one victory in seven starts for Brown in North America but has run some sneaky good races including last year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff, where she finished second, one length behind Monomoy Girl and a half-length in front of Midnight Bisou, this year’s Distaff favorite.
She did finish second to Midnight Bisou in the Grade 2 Beldame at Belmont, coming off a 10-length defeat to that same mare in Saratoga.
“She hates Saratoga, she ran a really strong race last time was just second best,” Brown said. “She seems to have moved forward off that last race in the Beldame. She’s rounding into form at the right time much as she did last year when I think the best race she ran all year was in the Distaff.”
BRICKS AND MORTAR (Turf): Returned from an injury that laid him up more than a year to win six consecutive races starting last December at Gulfstream Park. This year, he has won four Grade 1 races and a Grade 2 and is a leading contender for Horse of the Year.
Brown waited until over the weekend to confirm that he chose to run Bricks and Mortar in the Turf at 1 1-2 miles over the Mile, a race for which he was also pre-entered. Bricks and Mortar has never run 1 1-2 miles but is coming off Grade 1 victories in the Manhattan in June and the Arlington Million in August, both at 1 1-4 miles.
“After running in back to back mile-and-a-quarter races, cutting him all the way back to a mile I’m not sure that he’d have the explosiveness now that he would have had before I stretched him out,” Brown said. “He’s going to have to run an outstanding race to win, but the way he’s training he looks like he’s capable of it.”