Caps Chad Brown’s Win Spree On TVG.com Haskell Day
OCEANPORT, N.J. – Trainer Chad Brown won his fourth consecutive graded stakes and fifth win on the TVG.com Haskell Stakes undercard to tie a record set by Todd Pletcher when Adhamo (IRE) defeated stablemate Tribhuvan (FR) and eight other top turf runners in the Grade 1, $600,000 United Nations Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park.
Pletcher won five races on the 2016 Haskell card but not four straight stakes, as was the case with Brown.
Adhamo, who had been third and second in two previous Grade 1 stakes, finally broke through for his top-level score. The 4-year-old colt owned by Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb and partners, came from off the pace as the 9-5 favorite to run down tiring stablemate Tribhuvan, the 2021 winner of the United Nations. The locally-based Epic Bromance, who was sent off at 72-1 and was the longest shot on the tote board was 1½ lengths back in second. Temple took third, another head back.
“He’s been a little unlucky this year.,” Brown said of Adhamo. “He’s still a little bit of a work in progress. I’m still trying to figure out what his best distance is, and ground and such. I was pretty confident going in to today that if he was able to get out in the clear and with a little bit extra ground to work with that he could run down a horse as good as Tribhuvan, and he did. He’s a pretty talented horse. We’re still figuring the horse out.
“(Jockey) Flavien Prat worked out a beautiful, patient trip. It’s not like he had a fast pace to run into today either, so he earned this win today.”
Prat rode four straight graded stakes winners on the undercard.
Adhamo’s final time for the 1 3/8 miles was 2:12.60 over firm turf. He paid $5.60 for a $2 win bet.
A Group 3 winner at Longchamp in the Prix de Force, the chestnut colt raced in France until he joined Chad Brown’s barn in 2022. His first U.S. start was in the G3 Fair Grounds Stakes where he finished second in a three-way duel between Cavalry Charge, the victor by a head and Halo Again, who finished third place by a head.
Out of his 15 career starts Adhamo has made four in the U.S. all in graded stakes, at four different tracks—the Fair Grounds, Churchill Downs, Belmont Park and Monmouth Park. His career record is five wins, three seconds and three thirds with $755,090 in earnings.
Winning the United Nations is very apropos for Adhamo. The Irish-bred colt is the son of German stallion Intello out of British mare Foreign Tune who is by Irish stallion Invincible Spirit. And, of course, he beat his stablemate, the French-bred Tribhuvan.
Bred by Wertheimer et Frere Adhamo was purchased at the Arqana Saint-Cloud Horses of racing age auction for $289,834 US.
By Lynne Snierson of the Monmouth Park publicity staff with additions by Maribeth Kalinich, editor, Past The Wire
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