‘Manny’s really come a long way with his talent’: Chad Brown awards Franco two Grade 1 mounts – Horse Racing News


Multi-Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown has been nothing short of dominant over the past decade with his trainees in the Arlington Million (Grade 1) and Beverly D. (G1). On Saturday, the veteran rider will trust the riding services of New York rider Manny Franco with Sacred Life (FR) in the $1 million Arlington Million and Rougir (FR) in the $500,000 Beverly D.

“Manny has really come a long way with his skills,” Brown said Wednesday from Saratoga after Franco’s victory aboard Inflation Adjusted in Race 5. and I see him at the best he’s ever been right now. He’s got a really good agent in Jon Panagot who’s really nice to work with and he’s adjusting well to a lot of our horses. He’s ready to ride any level of horse I find it as effective on grass as it is on dirt and it normally places my horses in good positions.

Franco, 27, has five other calls on Saturday outside of Brown’s duo. His other mounts are Intrigue (Race 2), Teepu (Race 3), Zeitlos (Race 4), California Twirl (Race 6), and Keystone Field (Race 10).

Brown will be looking for his record fifth Arlington Million win. He first won the legendary race in 2013 with Real Solution. Four years later he claimed victory with Beach Patrol and followed up that victory in 2018-19 with Robert Bruce (CHI) and the great Bricks and Mortar.

In the Beverly D., Brown is also the record holder for most wins by a trainer with six. His first Beverly D. victory dates back to 2011 with Stacelita (FR). From 2015 to 2019 he won the 1 1/8 mile race with Watsdachances (IRE), Sea Calisi (FR), Dacita (CHI) and consecutive races with Sistercharlie (IRE).

Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, Wonder Stables and Bethlehem Stables, recent $162,000 Monmouth Stakes (G3) winner Sacred Life, was installed as the 9-2 fourth pick on the morning line in the Arlington Million Saturday, while Peter Brant and Michael Tabor’s Group 1 winner Blushing were tabbed as the 2-1 favorite in the Beverly D.

Saturday’s first shift at Churchill Downs is at 12:45 p.m. (all times Eastern) and the Arlington Million will be Race 11 Finale at 6:25 p.m. The Beverly D. will host six races at the start of the race 5 at 3:01 p.m.

The Arlington Million will be contested in Lane 1 on the Matt Winn Turf course while the Beverly D. will be contested in Lane 3, 24 feet from the inside rail.

Fans can still purchase Arlington Million Day tickets. For ticket options and more information, visit www.churchilldowns.com.

Wagering is available for the Arlington Million and all Churchill Downs races at www.TwinSpires.com, the official betting provider for Churchill Downs Inc. and the Kentucky Derby.

Valerie J. Wallis