10/24/2016 2:50PM

Rodriguez has numbers edge on Brown


ELMONT, N.Y. – Chad Brown won his first Saratoga training title quite easily this past summer, but his quest for a fifth straight Belmont fall title will be a battle. Brown and Rudy Rodriguez enter the final week of the meet tied with 26 wins apiece, but Rodriguez has the upper hand based on the entries Wednesday through Friday.

Rodriguez has 13 horses entered from Wednesday through Friday, including eight horses in seven races on Thursday’s card. Brown has just six horses entered in four races over that span and does not have a starter Thursday.

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The weekend could be big for Brown, who plans to run Lewis Bay in Saturday’s Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm, Economic Model in Saturday’s Grade 3 Bold Ruler, Heaven Is Waiting in Saturday’s Awad Stakes, and Beat the Benchmark in Sunday’s Chelsey Flower Stakes.