Big Brown two year-olds have taken a shine to the turf course at Kentucky Downs this week.
The Vinery sire’s filly Nicky’s Brown Miss won LR Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies Stakes (1400m) by three lengths on Saturday and Cool Comfort blitzed a 1200m maiden worth $90,000 there on Wednesday.
Kentucky Downs is the only European ‘all grass’ racecourse in North America. It was originally known as ‘Dueling Grounds’ in reference to a nearby site that was famous for pistol duels in the early 1800s.
Cool Comfort (2f Big Brown – Singing Sensation by Coronado’s Quest) broke through third time out for trainer Wesley Ward and Ten Broeck Farm. She was a $115,000 buy at the Ocala 2YO Sale in April and is from a half-sister to G2 Oaklawn Park winner Ruby’s Reception (Rubiano).
Ten Broeck Farm won the G1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes with the Ward trained filly Sunset Glow last month.
Ward is the leading conditioner of two year-olds in the USA and he gave Cool Comfort an unorthodox preparation for Kentucky Downs. She was runner-up over 1200m at Belmont on debut in July and then stretched out to 1700m when fourth to More Than Ready filly Tammy The Torpedo at Saratoga in August.
Dropping back to 1200 metres after three weeks presented no problems for the Big Brown filly. She jumped straight to the front under Julian Leparoux and turned the race into a procession to score by more than four lengths.
Ward also trains Big Brown three year-old H Town Brown who was a runaway winner on the opening day of the Kentucky Downs season last Saturday.
Big Brown (USA) shuttles to Vinery for a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee.