Keeneland Is “Bearing” Good Tidings for Trainer Chad Brown — Again

(Chad Brown leads the current Trainer Standings at Keeneland’s Spring Meet / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

Chad Brown comes to Lexington each year loaded for bear. And, he normally leaves Lexington, after his brief stop, loaded with bearings.

This year seems to be no different.

After Sunday’s races were done, Brown was in familiar territory — atop the current Trainer Standings at Keeneland. With just 19 mounts so far, Brown has amassed a tidy record of 6 wins, 6 seconds and 2 thirds. His win percentage is right in is range — at .32%. His horses have hit the board 74% of the time.

And, his horses have combined to win $663,549 in purses.

So far. So good.

A win back in second place is Brad Cox, who has totaled 5 wins to date. Dallas Stewart and Ian Wilkes have both managed to get to the winner’s circle 4 times apiece.

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

1Chad C. Brown19662$663,54932%74%
2George Weaver3100$602,33533%33%
3Dallas Stewart16421$486,36225%44%
4Brad H. Cox16530$358,20031%50%
5Kenneth G. McPeek25127$299,0354%40%
6Wesley A. Ward21324$287,37114%43%
7Ian R. Wilkes21421$257,02319%33%
8Peter Miller8131$218,94713%63%
9Mark E. Casse20301$208,80215%20%
10Michael J. Trombetta1010$200,0000%100%
11Rodolphe Brisset11322$188,38627%64%
12Todd A. Pletcher9320$180,97333%56%
13James A. Jerkens1100$180,000100%100%
14Albert M. Stall, Jr.4110$174,31425%50%
15Michael J. Maker10130$164,78310%40%
16Ben Colebrook17113$163,7126%29%
17John W. Sadler3300$147,600100%100%
18Brendan P. Walsh13403$140,34531%54%
19Brian A. Lynch7211$137,83529%57%
20Joe Sharp12201$134,91017%25%
21George R. Arnold, II14124$132,8347%50%
22Joseph F. Orseno2100$124,05050%50%
23Richard Baltas3200$96,40067%67%
24Claude R. McGaughey III11112$91,8289%36%
25Michael Stidham5200$90,04540%40%

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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