Brown Looks for Déjà vu With Yari in Saratoga Feature

Trainer Chad Brown won the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2) at Saratoga last year with Big Blue Kitten, who had started off his career running for a claiming tag, breaking his maiden for $35,000 at Gulfstream Park.

Fast forward to this year and Brown will saddle Yari in today’s Hall of Fame, a 1 1/16 mile turf event that drew a field of eight.

Yari also broke his maiden for a $35,000 tag at Gulfstream Park, doing it in his third career start back in March. The gelding comes into his stakes debut this afternoon sharp, posting wins in his last two starts.

The gelding steps into a tough spot her but looks up to it, despite the fact he is the only runner in the race without stakes race experience.

Among his foes this afternoon are Daddy Nose Best (2-1) and Optimizer (3-1) who both competed in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1).

Brown was second in the trainer’s standings last summer at Saratoga and hit at a 29% clip with his starters. He sits second again this year behind Todd Pletcher, and is hitting at a 32% clip this summer, picking up 13 winners from his first 40 starters.

Get Michael Dempsey full Saratoga card and daily free horse racing picks at Pick Shark.

Saratoga Race 9 The National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame G2 (5:30 ET)
3 Yari   7-2
6 Quick Wit   8-1
1 Skyring / 1a Optimizer   3-1
7 Daddy Nose Best   2-1

Analysis: Yari makes his stakes debut here for the Chad Brown barn off a game gate to wire score against Alw-1 optional claimers on the grass at Belmont Park. This guy broke his maiden for a $35,000 tag back in March at Gulfstream Park. Brown saddled last year’s winner of the race Big Blue Kitten, who also had broken his maiden for a $35K tag at Gulfstream Park. The gelding makes his third start of his current form cycle and there is not a ton of legit speed in here so Rosie may be able to steal it on the front end. The gelding is out of the stakes winner Message Red ($240K) who has dropped two other foals to race, both winners, top earner stakes winner Li Me Geaux ($171K).

Quick Wit was off a beat slow and made a mild late run to finish fifth in the American Derby (G3). The colt got no pace to run at in the race, the early fractions of 50.56 and 1:15.74. He won his only race on turf two back beating Alw-1 foes at Churchill Downs. He looks as if he is heading in the right direction and looks as if he is going to get overlooked in the spot. If he gets an honest pace he could be around late at a decent price.

Optimizer ran in all three Triple Crown races and was clobbered in each. He returned to turf last out in the Virginia Derby (G2) where he checked in fourth. The colt had to steady when in tight along the rail in the stretch and instead of waiting for the rail to open the jock angled him out four wide and finished up well but too late. Lukas was very critical of the ride that day by the KMan. His previous start on grass was a solid second in the With Anticipation (G2) last September here at the Spa. His entrymate Skyring has a pair of good efforts on turf including a win in the James Murphy at Pimlico on Preakness Day.

WIN: #3 to win at 3-1 or better.
EX: 3,6 / 1,3,6,7
TRI: 3,6 / 1,3,6,7 / 1,3,5,6,7

Check out the best horse racing forum on the web, with hundreds of knowledgeable horse fans.


Follow us on Twitter