01/30/2016 6:50PM

Pricedtoperfection gives Brown fifth straight win in Sweetest Chant

Barbara D. Livingston
Pricedtoperfection and jockey Joel Rosario win the Sweetest Chant Stakes by three-quarters of a length Saturday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Chad Brown continued his remarkable monopoly on the Sweetest Chant Stakes when Pricedtoperfection overcame traffic troubles Saturday to win the 25th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 turf race at Gulfstream Park.

Steadied behind rivals a couple of times as a field of 12 3-year-old fillies was put to a drive, Pricedtoperfection found a seam just outside of the  front-running Born to Be Winner before persevering to prevail by three-quarters of a length over Spinamiss. Born to Be Winner was another neck back in third, while Sapphire Kitten, the lukewarm favorite, was fourth.

It was the fifth year in a row that a Brown-trained filly won the Sweetest Chant, following Dayatthespa (2012), Premier Steps (2013), Ready to Act (2014), and Consumer Credit (2015).

“Obviously, it’s a race we’ve had some success in,” said Brown, who has been an Eclipse Award finalist for top trainer the last two years. “I feel very fortunate to have owners giving me these good horses to train.”

Pricedtoperfection, owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, returned $11.40 to win after finishing the one-mile distance in 1:36.98 over a course rated “good.” It was her first stakes win, and her second victory overall, from five career starts.

A $230,000 purchase as a 2-year-old at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. last April, the Temple City filly was bred in Kentucky by Bobfeld Bloodstock Inc. and Joseph Creek.

“She’d really been training as if she was sitting on a big race like this,” said Brown.

The $2 exacta (6-7) paid $95.20, the $1 trifecta (6-7-3) returned $1,473.30, and the 10-cent superfecta (6-7-3-2) was worth $664.38.