SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Chad Brown expressed a strong sense of satisfaction with Klaravich Stables’ Public Sector (GB), who secured a second graded stakes victory this meet when capturing the Grade 3 Saranac at 1 1/16 miles over the inner turf at Saratoga.
Prior to winning Saturday’s Saranac by one length, Public Sector scored by the same margin in the one-mile Grade 2 Hall of Fame on August 6 at the Spa.
“He came out of it in good shape. He continues to develop,” Brown said. “To win two stakes at the meet for a 3-year-old is impressive. I’m very pleased with how far this horse has come along this year.”
Brown also saddled Technical Analysis, a fellow Klaravich Stables color-bearer, to dual graded stakes victories this meet in capturing the Grade 3 Lake George on July 23 and the Grade 2 Lake Placid on August 21.
“Winning two stakes at Saratoga is hard to do. They both have developed as well as they could,” Brown said.
With the Saranac in the rearview mirror, Brown said he will now likely point Public Sector toward the nine-furlong Grade 1, $400,000 Hollywood Derby on November 27 at Del Mar.
“I’ve had a lot of horses that at four have stretched out effectively,” Brown said. “These horses look like horses that will. How far and when I’m not sure, but we’ll slowly get them out a little further over time.”
Both Public Sector and Technical Analysis are by 2014 Cartier Horse of the Year Kingman, whose three stakes winners this meet were all conditioned by Brown.
“Luckily, we were in on the first crop, we believed in the horse. We thought he had tremendous potential. Of course, not knowing what a first crop will do, but he’s really developed into one of the top sires in the world,” Brown said. “We’ve been buying along each crop and supporting the horse. We believe in him and hopefully, we’ll be able to still get our hands on some. They are really straightforward and honest horses to train, they should a great turn of foot in the mornings. They’re sound horses.”
Brown also has the Hollywood Derby in mind for Peter Brant’s Sifting Sands, who won the Better Talk Now on August 29 at one mile over the inner turf.
“I think it’s a race that will fit him later in the year,” Brown said. “I plan on running him [and Public Sector] one time beforehand. He’s a well-bred and well-meant horse and if he can target that, it’s an important race that could make him a stallion at some point.”
Brown visited the winner’s circle on Friday with Shadwell Stable’s Emaraaty, who picked up a fourth lifetime win, besting an allowance optional claiming field on September 3 going one mile over the inner turf. The son of Dubawi arose from a five-month respite to produce a 95 Beyer. He ran the same figure in his first start for Brown in July 2019, which came off a year-long layoff.
“He’s been a little frustrating to keep in a normal training routine of racing and he’s a difficult horse to train, but I was really proud of how he ran the other day,” Brown said. “He’s back in form now. He’s got some age on him now, but he showed he can still do it. I’m hoping to get in a stake next time, but I’m not sure where.”
On Saturday, Brown saddled Pipeline to a maiden special weight triumph at fourth asking. Owned by John D. Gunther and Eurowest Bloodstock, the sophomore son of Speightstown cut back to seven furlongs on the main track after finishing a close second going nine furlongs on July 28, coming up a head shy of victory to next-out winner Vindictive.
Brown said adding blinkers to Pipeline has made all the difference.
“He’s been one of my real pleasant surprises of the summer. We liked him, he trained really well but ran not too good in his first two starts. I was sort of lost with him,” Brown said. “Thankfully, we put some blinkers on him and he did a turnaround. With a little bit of racing experience in blinkers, he way exceeded my expectations from his first two races and what I was starting to think about him. He’s an example of turning a second into a win later. He obviously got beat by a really good horse [Vindictive] who came back and won. I’m happy to have a nice late-blooming 3-year-old dirt horse going into the fall when some of these other horses might be tired now.”
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Photo: Public Sector (GB) breaking his maiden on first asking at Saratoga on August 15, 2020 under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. (Chelsea Durand)