11/05/2017 7:52PM

All in all, not a bad weekend for Chad Brown

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Debra A. Roma
Chad Brown's Good Magic won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile by 4 1/4 lengths.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Trainer Chad Brown returned to New York on Sunday morning with two more Breeders’ Cup trophies, the promise of a legitimate Kentucky Derby candidate for 2018 and the ability to lay claim to multiple Eclipse Awards.

Brown won Friday’s $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf with Rushing Fall - his fourth victory in 10 runnings of that race - and Saturday’s $2 million Juvenile with Good Magic, the first maiden to win in the 34-year history of the race. The two wins give Brown 10 in the Breeders’ Cup series, placing him fourth in that category.

Brown ran 13 horses over the two days of Breeders’ Cup races at Del Mar, and nine finished in the top four. Beach Patrol ran second in the Turf and Carina Mia and Voting Control finished third in the Filly and Mare Sprint and Juvenile Turf, respectively. Brown’s horses earned $2.84 million in prize money.

“Very proud of my horses and my team, fortunate to have this many good horses in the barn to take there,” Brown said by phone from New York. “At the same time it’s a lot of work, a lot of pressure involved. Everyone did an outstanding job preparing the horses the best they could and the large majority of them put forth very strong efforts in their races.”

Good Magic topped the list, winning the Juvenile by 4 1/4 lengths and putting himself in position to earn an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male.

Good Magic was shipped Sunday to Stonestreet Farm in Ocala, Fla., where he will get a break before rejoining Brown’s south Florida stable at Palm Meadows to prepare for the Triple Crown series. Good Magic earned a 100 Beyer Speed Figure for his performance.

Rushing Fall improved her record to 3-for-3 by virtue of her three-quarter-length victory in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.  Rushing Fall, who like Good Magic has Bob Edwards’ e Five Thoroughbred Racing as owner, also went to Stonestreet in Ocala for a break. Brown said Rushing Fall would not be considered for the dirt next year and that her break could be longer than Good Magic’s as the major turf races for 3-year-old fillies are in the summer and fall.

Rushing Fall will likely be a finalist for an Eclipse Award, but Caledonia Road, convincing winner of the Juvenile Fillies, will be favored to win it.

“To potentially give a 2-year-old championship to a turf horse, it hasn’t happened yet, but I think Rushing Fall would probably be the best chance for that to happen for the first time,” Brown said.

Lady Eli and Paulassilverlining, two horses that did not win Breeders’ Cup races for Brown, should be in position to win Eclipse Awards. Lady Eli finished seventh in the Filly and Mare Turf, a race in which she got cut up pretty significantly, so much so, she was withdrawn from Tuesday’s Keeneland November sale. She finished seventh behind Wuheida, a European-based mare who won her only race of the year in the Filly and Mare Turf.

Lady Eli has two Grade 1 victories and a Grade 2 from five starts this year.

“I feel she’s done enough to earn that championship that we’ve been looking for for her,” Brown said. “I haven’t seen a turf mare this season in America that’s performed better than her.”

Dacita, seventh in the Filly and Mare Turf, was scheduled to be sold on Monday at the Fasig-Tipton auction. Grand Jete, ninth in the Filly and Mare Turf, was sent to south Florida and the plan is for her to race again next year, according to Garrett O’Rourke, president of Juddmonte Farms, which owns her.

Juddmonte also owns Paulassilverlining, who could be in line for an Eclipse Award as top female sprinter despite her sixth-place finish to 65-1 shot Bar of Gold in the Filly and Mare Sprint. Paulassilverlining won the Grade 1 Humana Distaff, the Grade 1 Madison, and the Grade 2 Honorable Miss, giving her the best resume among filly and mare sprinters. Paulassilverlining will be retired and bred to Arrogate, O’Rourke said.

Carina Mia, third in the Filly and Mare Sprint, was shipped to Kentucky on Sunday, but her future has not yet been determined, according to Brown. She is owned by Three Chimneys Farm.

Separationofpowers, fourth in the Juvenile Fillies, emerged from the race with a chip in an ankle and will require surgery, according to Brown.

Beach Patrol and Fanciful Angel, second and 11th, respectively, in the BC Turf, were shipped to south Florida on Sunday. They are getting a break at Palm Meadows and both are likely to race again in 2018.

Practical Joke, fourth in the Dirt Mile, will be shipped to Belmont Park on Wednesday. Brown will train the horse for the next few weeks with the likelihood of running in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Dec. 2. It would be his final start before he stands at stud in 2018 at Ashford Stud.

Brown figures to be a candidate to win his second straight Eclipse Award as top trainer. Through Saturday, his stable led the nation in purse earnings with $24.5 million and his 44 graded stakes victories were the most of any North American-based trainer.