Brown indicated the Florida-bred filly will train up to the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
“She was good this morning,” said Brown of the 4-year-old filly, who earned a 108 Beyer Speed Figure for her 11 ¼-length victory in the Nasty Storm. “She was definitely sharp off a layoff, but switched off nicely. They were rolling up front; the pace was fast enough where she wouldn’t necessarily be pulling.”
Brown said that owner Frank Stronach obviously was very happy at Thursday’s result.
“He said, ‘Great job, just do whatever you think is right with the horse. It would be wonderful if you could make Santa Anita, but put the filly first,’” said Brown. “So I’m going to continue to do that. Hopefully, she keeps herself in good order and is nice and healthy and sound and we’ll bring her to Santa Anita.”
The 2010 juvenile filly champion had been training at Saratoga Race Course but will remain at Belmont to prepare for the 1 1/8-mile Ladies’ Classic, said Brown.
“She’s trained well here – she trained for the [Grade 1] Gazelle here – so she knows her way around,” he said. “With the weather, I’m going to leave her here. It’s a little warmer here.”
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