Jose Ortiz pilots Jack Christopher to victory in the G1 H. Allen Jerkens at Saratoga
After obtaining back again in the acquire column in Saturday’s H. Allen Jerkens Memorial (G1) at Saratoga Race Training course, Jim Bakke, Gerald Isbister, Peter Brant, and Coolmore Stud’s Jack Christopher now has lifeless purpose on the Breeders’ Cup on November 5 at Keeneland Race Study course. But which Breeders’ Cup race the son of Munnings will contest is nonetheless unfamiliar.
Experienced by Chad Brown, the a few-time Grade 1-winner used his regular stalking strategies down the backstretch, sitting just off pacesetter Conagher and using command at the best of the extend to get by 1 1/4 lengths below Jose Ortiz. The victory garnered a 104 Beyer Velocity Determine and came pursuing a 3rd-position finish in his two-flip debut in the Quality 1 Haskell Invitational on July 23 at Monmouth Park.
“It was good to see him bounce out of the Haskell and get a further Grade 1 get, he’s just a outstanding horse,” Brown reported.
Bradley Weisbord, racing supervisor for the ownership group, claimed a choice regarding the Breeders’ Cup will be left up to Brown. He will either contest the 6-furlong Grade 1, $2 million Dash or the two-transform Grade 1, $1 million Dust Mile.
“I’m grateful that Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister and his relatives had been in this article. They flew in from Wisconsin and it is really fantastic when the entrepreneurs demonstrate up,” Weisbord claimed. “Hopefully we continue to keep on observe for the Breeders’ Cup. It truly is up to Chad no matter if he runs when prior to the Breeders’ Cup, but the Breeders’ Cup will be the intention.”
Weisbord credited bloodstock agent Liz Crow for selecting out the gifted chestnut at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Slide Yearling Sale, exactly where he was purchased for $135,000 from the Paramount Gross sales consignment.
“She potential customers our staff there and constantly does a excellent work at the sale year soon after 12 months,” Weisbord said. “She continues to come across horses like Jack and we are grateful that she’s on our crew.”
Brown went on to speak of Jeff Drown’s Zandon, who stored his excellent in-the-money history intact when an even third to Epicenter in the Quality 1 Runhappy Travers. The son of Upstart was sixth down the backstretch and was known as on by Flavien Prat in upper extend. He built an inside rally in the extend push and battled for put honors in involving respective next and fourth-spot finishers Cyberknife and Rich Strike.
“He ran a very good race. He designed up really a little bit of ground on Cyberknife and just about acquired him for 2nd,” Brown explained. “The race to acquire was not heading to be for anybody the way Epicenter ran. Of the other horses that ran, he likely ran the next greatest race. He is a pretty constant horse and we will just have to see how he comes out the race.”
Boasting a document of 2-2-3 from seven begins and earnings in surplus of $1.25 million, Zandon was third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby pursuing a victory in the Quality 1 Blue Grass at Keeneland.
Brown also saddled stakes-winner Artorius and Quality 1 Preakness winner Early Voting to a respective seventh and eighth in the Travers. Artorius launched a bid close to the significantly flip but flattened out in the extend, though Early Voting was 3rd down the backstretch and threw in the towel about the considerably convert, ending previous-of-8 and crushed 63 3/4 lengths.
“We’re nevertheless assessing them. No significant troubles,” Brown mentioned.
Brown also saddled Klaravich Stables’ Specialized Examination to a victory in the Quality 2 Ballston Spa, the to start with of 6 graded stakes races on Saturday’s blockbuster method. The 4-calendar year-outdated Irish-bred daughter of Kingman secured her 3rd graded stakes acquire at the Spa adhering to wins in last year’s Quality 3 Lake George and Quality 2 Lake Placid. She arrived at the Ballston Spa off a runner-up to sable mate In Italian in the Quality 1 Diana on July 16 at Saratoga.
“She undoubtedly loves Saratoga. She ran tremendous,” Brown said.
Brown outlined the Grade 1, $750,000 Initial Girl on October 8 at Keeneland as a feasible following start off for Complex Analysis.