Chad Brown Still Dominating at Keeneland’s Spring Meet

(Chad Brown / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

Despite the cold, chilly, and dreary wet weather at Keeneland this week, the weather conditions did very little to deter or cool off the red-hot trainer Chad Brown. Very little.

After Saturday’s races were concluded and the math had been calculated, it was easy to see that Brown — who has mastered his temporary Kentucky home on his way from his winter home in South Florida to the New York regular base — still was “The Man.”

“The Man” atop the Keeneland Trainer Standings.

“The Man” to beat in nearly every race that he enters a horse.

“The Man” to respect whenever his barn trots one out to race in Lexington.

In just 25 mounts so far this meet, Brown has mastered a resume of 9 wins, 7 seconds and 3 thirds. His win percentage is a heady .36%, and his horses have “hit the board” on .76% of the time. Most importantly, too, Brown’s horses have amassed $846,754 in total purse money.

Those statistics further validate that Chad Brown is “The Man.”

Two wins behind in second is Louisville-native and Churchill Downs-based Brad Cox, who has 7 wins in 21 starts. A win farther back in third is Wesley Ward, who has made 6 trips to the winner’s circle from the 30 starters that he has sent postward. Most of his success as come in the 2YO “baby races, to date.

Here’s a look at the Top 25 trainers this meet:

1Chad C. Brown25973$846,75436%76%
2George Weaver4100$603,33525%25%
3Dallas Stewart20431$495,31220%40%
4Wesley A. Ward30664$445,22520%53%
5Brad H. Cox21750$444,87733%57%
6Michael J. Maker24242$371,8088%33%
7Kenneth G. McPeek28227$324,2857%39%
8Ian R. Wilkes26521$314,77619%31%
9Mark E. Casse22402$254,64218%27%
10George R. Arnold, II19424$250,40021%53%
11Todd A. Pletcher12430$242,74333%58%
12Peter Miller10132$230,46710%60%
13Michael J. Trombetta1010$200,0000%100%
14Rodolphe Brisset12322$188,47025%58%
15Joe Sharp19302$188,03716%26%
16James A. Jerkens1100$180,000100%100%
17Ben Colebrook20213$179,31210%30%
18Albert M. Stall, Jr.4110$174,31425%50%
19Brendan P. Walsh19513$168,34626%47%
20Michael Stidham9311$164,89533%56%
21John W. Sadler4301$152,20075%100%
22William I. Mott11124$150,2929%64%
23Brian A. Lynch9211$138,50022%44%
24Joseph F. Orseno2100$124,05050%50%
25Richard Baltas5201$105,34540%60%

(Stats compiled by Equibase)

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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