Saratoga Day 35, 8/29
Even before Watsdachances won Wednesday's $100,000 P.G. Johnson at Saratoga Race Course, the 2-year-old Ireland-bred filly had made an impression on trainer Chad Brown, who took over her training after she broke her maiden in Ireland her second time out.
“Shortly after I started training her, we went ahead and paid the fee for the Breeders' Cup [Juvenile Fillies Turf],” the Mechanicville native said. “I'm not saying I was positive then, but I had a pretty good idea. I've had these fillies before, and I thought she stacked up with some of the good ones I've had get to that race. So we went ahead and paid the money already, so we're in. I'd like to give her one more prep before the Breeders' Cup. I don't know where.”
She swung wide around the lead group of horses entering the stretch and pulled away with Broken Spell in tow. Broken Spell finished a neck back, with Tara From the Cape another 1 1/4 lengths back in third.
“A wide trip. You're looking for cover with a horse like this and never really found it,” Brown said. “Javier [Castellano] was trying, and he never could get in, but she overcame it, and I think she will move forward from this race. I really do.”
Brown and Castellano also won the ninth race, pulling off a daily double of their own. It moved Brown to within six wins of leading trainer Todd Pletcher, 30-24, with five days left.