Coach Chad Brown nears another milestone


SARATOGA SPRINGS – It’s not a question of if, but when. And if you’re a bettor – and most who come to Saratoga Racetrack are – get in early.

Coach Chad Brown is on a very fast track to 2,000 career wins. His total is 1,998, and the magic number will arrive soon, maybe on Friday, but for sure at the end of the weekend. The 42-year-old from Mechanicville continues his climb up the ladder of professional training wins.

He’s still a long way from challenging the all-time record of 9,445, set by Dale Baird, who is set to be eclipsed by Steve Asmussen, who sits at 9,443. Don’t Sell Brown One Day Too Short blown by everyone. Right now he is focusing on the moment.

“It means a lot,” Brown said Thursday morning of the 2,000 shutdown as he sat in his office in his barn at Oklahoma’s practice track. “It’s an important milestone to share with my team. It gives you some time to reflect on all those winners, real special moments.”

Not too long ago, Brown secured the No. 1,000 win. It came right here on August 24, 2016, when Mr. Maybe won the John’s Call Stakes. It was also a memorable summer for another reason. It was Brown’s first year winning the practice title at Saratoga and he did it with flying colors, earning 40 wins.

It doesn’t seem possible that the second thousand happened so quickly for Brown, but here it is. Day in and day out, he tends to his horses, preparing them to compete on the sport’s greatest stage.

Having success in Saratoga makes it very special.

“It’s my home track,” Brown said. “That’s where all my friends and family are. That’s where it all started for me. Coming to this track is what got me interested in horse racing…one track… Saratoga.”

Brown’s stable is not only filled with powerful Thoroughbreds, it’s also filled with a tough group of owners. Peter Brant. Seth Klarman’s Klaraich Stables. Bob Edwards and his stable of five racing Thoroughbreds.

Edwards has been with the game for seven years. Among the horses Brown has trained for him are Rushing Fall, winner of the 2020 Eclipse Award for Women’s Turf Champion; New Money Honey, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in 2016; and Good Magic (owned in partnership with Stonestreet Stables), the 2017 Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old colt.

“Chad is one of a kind,” Edwards said Thursday afternoon. “We’re all thrilled to see him take this step. The thing about Chad is he sees things in a horse that I would never see. He’s forgotten more than I’ll ever know. He can if choose, maintain and manage horses well.”

Brown had a chance to close in on 2,000 on Thursday. His lone starter, Life On Top, finished out of the draw in race seven. Brown has horses entered in five races on Friday: Commandandcontrol and School of Thought preferred entry 8-5 in fifth, Value Engineering 9-2 in sixth, public sector 2-1 preferred at Grade II National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame and 7-5 favorite digital software in the 10th.

Reaching this number will obviously not be the final goal. Brown is still a young man and still has decades of training ahead of him. Still, winning 2,000 races is a feat.

“It’s one of those things where you aim high and you just put your head down and work at it,” Brown said. “When you finally look up, you’re there. It’s just a testament to great teamwork. For me, it’s not just about winning races, it’s about creating moments and experiences memorable for my clients. I appreciate a lot more now.”

When the number comes, it will come. Brown still runs his barn, getting his horses ready for where they should run. He hopes one of them, Miles D, will be ready to race in the Travers. He finished second at Curlin last Friday in just his third start.

“I anticipate that,” Brown said. “He came out of the Curlin in good shape and I’d like to try. I’d go in the race with an underdog, but you can’t win if you’re not in it. It’s the one race where if I have a horse that remotely looks like a chance that he can be competitive if things go his way, I’m going to race him.”


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