Public Sector Wins Hill Prince’s M. October Award for Racing
Just call him “Mr. October.”
While they can’t name a candy bar after him, like a certain New York Yankees slugger of the past, coach Chad Brown surely has a flair for the dramatic once the chilly fall weather arrives.
The menu for Saturday 23 October at Belmont Park provided Brown another opportunity to work his October magic by sending the stables to Klaravich Public sector to win the $ 400,000 Hill Prince Stakes (G2T) for 3-year-olds on grass.
âMr. October,â says Brown. “I’ll take it. Anyone named Mr. October is fine.”
For the four-time Eclipse Award-winning coach, it was his ninth bet win in October, joining a stellar roster that includes the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup presented by Dixiana (G1T), Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1T), Champagne Stakes (G1), First Lady Stakes presented by UK Healthcare (G1T), Beldame Stakes (G2), Sands Point Stakes (G2T), Knickerbocker Stakes (G3) and Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes (G3T).
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Chad Brown at Belmont Park
Crunch the numbers a bit more and Brown prevailed in seven of the New York Racing Association’s 16 ranked stakes in October.
Granted, there is considerable status in being Mr. November as well, especially with the Breeders’ Cup on next month’s schedule, but success in October surely beats prosperity in the early months of the year.
âI’d rather be Mr. October than Mr. April,â Brown said.
Another apt nickname for Brown would be Mr. Saturday Afternoon, as Hill Prince’s victory marked the ninth straight Saturday that the 42-year-old coach won a ranked bet on an NYRA track.
The public sector was certainly a worthy candidate to extend Brown’s fall adventure to the winner’s circle, as the 3-year-old son of King man turned another gem into a career full of strong performances.
Public Sector wins the Hill Prince Stakes
On his nine starts, the second-year winning public sector has five wins and three seconds. The only flaw on his resume was a 12th place finish last year in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf presented by Coolmore America (G1T), a race he left with a fever.
“The day after the Breeders’ Cup he had a high fever. He was very sick,” said Brown. “I have no doubt that he entered the race with transport fever.”
Public Sector was in great shape for Saturday’s 1 1/8 mile test as they claimed a third consecutive victory overtaking the Repole Stable runner-up Never surprised in the last stadium and serving as a reminder of the 1-2 finish in the Saranac Stakes (G3T), which was also contested, yes, on a Saturday.
The victory came on Public Sector’s first start at a distance greater than 1 1/16 miles and convinced Brown that the colt will have a bright future at the age of 4 over longer and more difficult distances.
âI have seen this horse develop all summer,â said Brown. âAs we have seen with some horses, with this horse over the summer he started to show me that he could stretch and become a mile and a half horse like many of our horses that have stretched over time with maturity and experience. This guy is in that group. “
While 1 1/4 miles may be in its future in 2022, the next one will be a trip to the West Coast for Nov. 27 Hollywood Derby (G1T) at 1 1/8 miles away which, of course, will be contested. a saturday at Del Mar.
âWin or lose, as long as he was running well today, we thought he could sort of follow the path of (Hollywood Derby 2020 winner) Domestic expenditure for his last start to the year, âBrown said.
Bred by The Kathryn Stud on the Montjeu Mare Talk to me , he was purchased on behalf of Klaravich Stables by Mike Ryan for the equivalent of $ 217,823 from the Clearwater Stud shipment at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale 2019. He is Parle Moi’s fourth foal and the winner of the first bets. She also has a Golden Horn one year old foal.
Never surprised, a Constitution colt trained by Todd Pletcher, set the tone in the Hill Prince by fractions of: 24.35 and: 49.71 and took advantage of a lead of 2 1/2 lengths after six stages in 1: 14.13 on a firm grass. At mid-length he was still one length ahead under Kendrick Carmouche, but at that point Irad Ortiz Jr. had Public Sector in high gear. Third most of the time, Ortiz bowed the second pick 3-1 ($ 8.60) on all four lanes in the stretch and exhausted the leader, triumphing by a neck in 1: 48.68 for the third victory of Hill Prince for Ortiz and Brown. .
âIt was really a great lap for Irad. The horse is extremely talented and he had a nice, clean course, but Irad gave it to him,â said Brown, who also finished fourth with Sifting the sands and 10th with Founder in the area of ââ11 3-year-old children. “He should be proud of this ride, it was a very skillful, experienced and focused effort by him and the horse.”
Never Surprised, a 7-1 shot that finished second in Public Sector by a length in the Saranac, was second Saturday by 1 3/4 lengths over Red Oak Stable. It can be done , a City of Temples Gelding coached by Gregg Sacco who showed odds of 48-1.
âThe horse ran really well. I’m really happy with the way he ran,â Carmouche said of Never Surprised. “Todd had it prepared and I just tried to give it the best ride I could.”
Soldier standing up , the 8-5 favorite after seconds in the Saratoga Derby Invitational Stakes (G1T) and Jockey Club Invitational Stakes, finished 10th early and regained fifth place slightly.