Chad Brown Chasing First Woodbine Mile
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By Emily Shields for TVG
It seems that trainer Chad Brown has such a stranglehold on grass racing in North America that it may come as a surprise that he has never won the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile at Woodbine Racetrack outside Toronto, Canada.
The race has recently been won by such stars as World Approval, Tepin, and Wise Dan, and this year features the filly Got Stormy, favored at 8-5 on the morning line.
Brown brings in two runners, including 3-1 second choice Raging Bull (FR). The son of Dark Angel (Ire) was an impressive winner of the Hollywood Derby (G1) at Del Mar last December, then had some time off before a return that saw him run fourth in the Makers 46 Mile at Keeneland and the Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs. He improved to be third in the Manhattam (G1) at Belmont, and then second behind Got Stormy in the Fourstardave Handicap (G1) at Saratoga. He is expected to sit off the pace under Joel Rosario and make a bid late in the game.
Made You Look is Brown’s second runner in the race. He was supplemented to be here to the tune of $20,000. The royally-bred son of More Than Ready has not won since May, 2018, but has only started twice this year and was fifth in the Fourstardave. He was a graded stakes winner at two and three, and was fourth on this turf course in 2017.
Got Stormy could prove a challenging foe. She has won two in a row, both at Saratoga, and defeated males impressively in the Fourstardave. Last year she won three stakes in a row, including the Ontario Colleen (G3) over this very trip. She is seven for 11 at the distance.
Synchrony is 6-1 on the morning line, and although he is typically based in the United States the six-year-old son of Tapit is coming off a grade 2 win over this trip in June in the King Edward. He has been a graded stakes winner at the Fair Grounds each of the last two seasons for trainer Michael Stidham. Flavien Prat will ship in to ride.
Awesometank (GB) is the other filly in the race. The four-year-old daughter of Intense Focus spent her entire career in England, winning five races there, before she came to America for the grade 1 Beverly D at Arlington Park in August. She ran second that day, beaten just three lengths by superstar Sistercharlie.
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