Serve The King Completes Brown’s 5-Win Day At Saratoga – Horse Racing Information

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Coach Chad Brown won one for the proverbial thumb and took his fifth win on the map when Peter Brant’s Serve the King overtook Ry’s the Guy in long stretches and 1.5/16 miles on John’s call on Wednesday for $ 120,000 a half win pushed over the Mellon lawn of the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, NY

At the 17th edition of John’s Call – for 4-year-olds and older who did not win a staggered game on turf in 2021 – Brown expanded his total to 27 and thus took the top spot among the conditioners in the 40-day meeting with 10 remaining racing days .

Serve the King, under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., broke off the far post and stalked third when Ry’s the Guy led the seven-horse field a quarter mile in 25.85 seconds on a steady run. Conviction Trade took the lead on the first round in front of the stands, taking a half-mile in 50.92 and maintaining the lead by three-quarters in 1: 15.09 and one mile in 1: 40.55.

On the way to the final turn, Ortiz Jr. tip Serve the King and allowed him to aim at Ry’s the Guy. With encouragement from right-handers, Serve the King won steadily before taking the final lead in the final sixteenth, finishing the course in 2: 43.49 to take his first win in his last five starts.

“We’ve been trying to get this horse three laps since last year and we just haven’t had the races available,” said Brown, who is aiming for his fourth training title at Saratoga. “He started a little late last year and when we were really ready to start it it should be at the Red Smith and he got injured so I had to stop with him. Mr. Brant was just so patient, he is always with these horses and gives us time and he came back really well this year. “

The Briton Serve the King benefited from class relief after finishing fourth in Monmouth on June 5 in a row and United Nations Grade 1 on the same route on July 17. Kingman’s 5-year-old son improved to 4-1-1 in nine starts, taking his career profit to $ 196,180.

“I thought this horse should have finished second at the United Nations,” said Brown. “He got into trouble around eighth pole and we thought he should have finished second. That was my decision to bring him here to Saratoga for a race of this caliber. Even if this isn’t the Sword Dancer, it is still a real race in Saratoga. If I get this horse up here on paper from a fourth place in the UN, then it’s better a good fourth. “

Brown said Serve the King could now target the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Class 1 for $ 500,000 on October 9 at Belmont Park.

“Domestic spending might train through to the Breeders’ Cup, so this race might be a little open for a horse like this,” Brown said. “He used this restricted race to have his coming-out party, so to speak, so it’s time to have a real race again. I think that’s probably the most logical thing to do. “

Serve the King was Brown’s third straight win saddled on the map and fifth overall. At 3-1, he was the only non-favorite winner that day for the four-time Eclipse Award winner, who returned $ 8.90 for a $ 2 winning bet. Pocket square [$2.30] won race 3, digital future [$4.20] was the winner of Race 5, Gandy Dancing [Race 7, $6.50] and winter pool [Race 8, $4.50] also deserves winner circle trips.

“It’s one of those things that I’ve put in the stack of highlights from my career so far,” said Brown. “Also five really different winners. Long, short, dirt, lawn. My team and my horses were able to present themselves today. If the weather is right and the horses are there, we can do the job with any type of horse. It was really to be seen today. “

Ortiz, Jr. teamed up with Brown on three of his victories, on Pocket Square and Digital Future. The veteran rider won his fourth career John’s Call after taking three straight wins from 2015-17.

“I have a perfect trip,” said Ortiz, Jr .. “Honestly, I saved the whole floor. I was outside and at the first corner I was already on the rails. It broke so well that I was already in position. I’ve saved as much floor as I could. I had to move a little earlier because they opened up a little to me, but he was gradually catching up. He’s not the type of horse you will be asking and he will answer right away. It takes some time so I moved a little earlier. When I hit him he let me know I had a horse and when I tipped him he just kept going. “

Ry’s the Guy, trained by Ian Wilkes and ridden by Luis Saez, beat the Argentinian Fantasioso by two lengths in second place.

“We had a pretty nice trip,” Saez said. “We broke from then on and had pressure early on. I think that was the plan. I had to hold on a little. It went pretty fast, but it still ran great. I am pretty happy with him. He was very tired, but he tried very hard. “

Shamrocket, the 5-2 favorite, finished fourth. Ajournettofreedom, Red Knight and Conviction Trade completed the order. Moretti, registered only for the main line, scratched.

The live race will continue on Thursday in Saratoga with a 10-race card with the 120,000 risk averse for 3-year-old mares who have not yet won a mile or more in race 9 at 17:39 Eastern in 2021 to have. First post is 1:05 pm

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