SARATOGA RACE COURSE -- Chad Brown's weekend was already off to a good start after he won the Yaddo Stakes on Friday. A day later, he delivered what may have been the best day of his young career.
If Chad Brown's day ended after Saturday's Sword Dancer, it would've been enough to celebrate. The win with Big Blue Kitten marked the second career Grade I victory at his hometown track of Saratoga.
"As it turns out, I got to win a Grade 1 right at my home track with my family here, so I've got no regrets about my travel plans yesterday. It all worked out," Brown said.
Yes, Brown very easily could've been somewhere else. An hour-and-a-half after the Sword Dancer, his horse, Real Solution, left the gate in the Arlington Million in Chicago.
Brown's colt would not be the first to cross the wire, but a steward's inquiry into the stretch run resulted in a disqualification of The Apache.
When it was all sorted out, Real Solution was named the winner, giving Brown and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey their second Grade I victory in as many hours.
Brown said, "I don't really throw horses on planes and ship them far away for big races unless I think I have a shot. I don't always win, but I take my chances and we really felt good about this horse sending him over there."
For Brown, who's been training on his own since 2007, it marked the first time in his career he won two Grade ones in the same day.
"With horses, the best laid plans rarely work out, but this time, we pointed to those two races and hit them both. It's a tremendous feeling," Brown said.
With two Breeders Cup wins to his credit, Brown's career was already rolling, but Saturday just may have been his signature moment so far.
"Winning two Grade ones on the same day, that's hard to beat," Brown said.
Brown's weekend has a chance to get even better. His filly Whatsdachances is one of the favorites in Sunday's Grade II Lake Placid.