02/13/2012 2:54PM

Aqueduct: Brown 3-year-olds step up


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Chad Brown will be weighing options for a couple of 3-year-olds who won here last week.

Hardened Wildcat took a first-level allowance sprint Friday by three-quarters of a length, earning an 83 Beyer Speed Figure in the process.

“I was proud of him the way he dug in,” Brown said from Florida. “It was the second time he was on the outside and trying to lay on horses. He was a little green, and it took a while on the right lead, but when he did, I thought he accelerated nicely.”

Brown said he would like to stretch Hardened Wildcat out in distance at some point, but did not know if that would be the next time he runs.

On Saturday, Street Life, last turning for home, closed quickly in the final furlong to win a two-turn maiden race by 2 1/2 lengths. His final time of 1:45.20 for a mile and 70 yards was admittedly slow and earned him a modest 69 Beyer.

Street Life, a son of Street Sense, finished eighth in his debut going six furlongs at Gulfstream on Jan. 5. On Saturday, stretched out around two turns, Street Life lagged behind the field, before having to alter course twice and closing strong to win going away.

Brown admitted that the final time was slow, but added, “he did it well. He’s going to need to be faster to run in stakes, but I think he can get faster.”

Brown said he would most likely look for a two-turn allowance race before trying Street Life in a stakes race.