08/13/2012 4:40PM

Saratoga: Brown works top turf females together

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Tom Keyser
Zagora and Dream Peace work in company at Saratoga on Monday.

Chad Brown took a page from the book of his mentor, Bobby Frankel, when putting together his set lists for the turf Monday, working his two top female grass horses, Zagora and Dream Peace, in company during the special session reserved for stakes horses at 9:45 a.m.

Zagora, winner of the Grade 1 Diana here last summer, and Dream Peace, who finished second behind Winter Memories making her U.S. debut last month in the Diana, proved a perfect match, completing an easy half-mile in 47.88 seconds and galloping out five-eighths in 1:00.23 on Monday.

“They worked the half sharp and galloped out really well – I loved the way they finished through the wire,” Brown said. “That’s what my boss would have done, putting two horses like that together. When I worked for Bobby, we had tons of horses like that, and I did it last year with Zagora and Stacelita. These two fillies are a good match and they thrive off each other.”

Brown said he’s planning on wheeling Zagora back here later this month in the Ballston Spa, while he is waiting for the Grade 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont Park for Dream Peace’s next start.

“I’d like a little more time with Dream Peace,” Brown said. “With these horses transitioning over here from Europe, I like more time with them. That’s what my boss would do too. Zagora ran well in the Diana, and that race should have given her the last bit of fitness she’ll need for the next one.”

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Brown also acknowledged he ran into a monster on Saturday in Wise Dan with Corporate Jungle, who finished second in the Grade 2 Fourstardave.

“I was proud of the way my horse ran, but he was second best,” Brown said. “He showed his class over the soft track and ran his race. I just caught a bear there. I was also second behind Wise Dan in the Ben Ali [with Big Blue Kitten], so it’s not the first time I’ve seen that horse’s rear end. He’s just a really good horse. I’m probably going to focus on the Shadwell Mile for Corporate Jungle and hope he can punch his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup that way.”