The Ohio conditioner is seeking the trio’s third Breeders Crown title with connections to Buckeye State.
by Jay Wolf
We don’t know if Coach Brian Brown is an avid poker player, but he is hoping to hold three aces tonight (October 29) at the Meadowlands in the $ 600,000 Breeders Crown final for the 2-year-old colts.
Brown will send Gentle Giant (Post 1; 15-1 morning row), elimination winner Six Feet Apart (Post 4; 9-2) and Gulf Shores (Post 6; 8-1) – all three foals have the majority Ohio based owners.
Six Feet Apart used a brave stretch with David Miller in the bike to catch the much-loved Beach Glass in the second of three eliminations last Friday (Oct 22). The Sweet Lou-Ideal Love colt sparked the clock into a better life 1: 50.2 in the upset score at half length.
“He came to elimination in very good shape,” said Brown. “He did well both weeks at Lexington. He had to come back from behind the first week, in slow fractions, flew home and still couldn’t catch up with them. He had a better trip the second week. The fractions were better. The horse ran very well. He was really good last week.
Brad Conrad Gulf Shores (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) won the Ohio Breeders’ Championship on September 23 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Dave Landry Coach Brian Brown.
Lisa Photo Six feet Apart (David Miller) winning her Breeders Crown elimination on October 22 at The Meadowlands.
Six Feet Apart, which was purchased on day two of the 2020 Lexington Select sale for just $ 21,000, has made just eight starts this season for its owners: Michael Dean Robinson (Lewis Center, OH), Robert Mondillo (Delaware, OH), David Meola (Powell, OH) and Rich Lombardo Racing (Solon, OH).
The colt started his career with five consecutive starts in the Kentucky Commonwealth Second Tier Series.
“He had a late start, but the plan was to stay in the Kentucky (Commonwealth) series. David (Miller) was actually the one who convinced us to stay on this show, ”said Brown. “He suggested that we bring him more slowly and teach him how to run without overdoing it every week. It’s perfect. “
The Crown elimination victory was his fifth of the season and increased his earnings in 2021 to $ 93,225.
In the first knockout last Friday, Miller guided Gentle Giant to a solid third place using a final quarter in: 26.4.
“I was very happy with his race last week. He can finish well, but he’s not a great sprinter, ”said Brown. “I think if the race goes differently for him, better fractions, he will run even better this weekend.”
Country Club Acres (Findlay, OH), Acadia Farms (Canfield, OH), Joe Sbrocco (Brecksville, OH) and In The Gym & Lombardo Racing (Solon, OH) own colt JK Endofanera-Miss Liz, who was a purchase of $ 50,000 from the Hoosier Select sale.
Gentle Giant raced exclusively in Hoosier State – the Indiana Sire Stakes and Fox Stakes – until his elimination effort.
“We made a change of fittings a little over a month ago. He just kept getting better every week from then on. It made him a much better horse, ”said the trainer. “He went on all four aluminum skates and I guess he got to grips with the track better. He really did come.
In the final elimination, Gulf Shores used patient training from David Miller, needing to split rivals in the stretch to advance to the $ 600,000 final with a low nose loss against Pebble Beach in 1:51 , 3.
The Downbytheseaside – Western Drag colt started the season with a perfect six-for-six and won the $ 300,000 Ohio Sire Stake Championship before facing the Grand Circuit Company in Lexington and the Meadowlands.
“He was really good last week, but David told me to open his bridle – a hood with holes in it. He said when he started he thought for sure he was going to go through (that hole).
Gulf Shores was hammered for $ 100,000 on the fifth and final day of the 2020 Lexington Select sale.
He won $ 358,967 for Country Club Acres (Findlay, OH), Diamond Creek Racing (Wellsville, PA) and Wingfield Brothers (Kenton, OH).
Longtime Brown bosses, Country Club Acres will have a total of four entries in the freshman rhythm final – Gulf Shores, Gentle Giant, Pebble Beach (Post 3; 3-1) and I Did It Myway (Post 5; 15-1).
With Miller driving the three rising Brown interns, the Hall of Fame director had to make a decision on which to lead in the final. Miller chose to stay with Six Feet Apart, opening up opportunities for Yannick Gingras with Gulf Shores and Chris Page with Gentle Giant.
Brown, a Delaware County Fairgrounds-based trainer, won two Breeders Crowns: the 2015 Open Mare Pace with Color’s A Virgin and the 2017 3-year-old filly with Blazin Britches.
“We are looking forward to this weekend as all three arrive in fairly good shape. They all drew really well. For the three to draw lots for the sixth (post), we are very happy. “
TrackMaster PPs for Friday’s Crown Finals here.
TrackMaster PPs for Saturday’s crown finals here.