08/29/2011 4:53PM

Saratoga: Red-hot Brown sends Kid Kate in Lady Tak

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Barbara D. Livingston
Kid Kate rallies to a 1 1/4-length victory in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes on Aug. 1 at Saratoga.

Trainer Chad Brown is hoping his already outstanding Saratoga summer will get even better Wednesday when he sends out Kid Kate against just four foes in the $75,000 Lady Tak overnight stakes.

Brown enters the final week of the meet with 19 victories, placing him second only to Todd Pletcher in the trainer standings. One of those wins came from Kid Kate, who rallied to a 1 1/4-length triumph in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes on Aug. 1.

“She’s been a real consistent horse when you spot her well,” Brown said. “She loves Saratoga and Belmont, and we’ve figured out now what she wants to do, which is run six and one half and seven furlongs on dirt with horses who fit her well.”

Brown said his main concern in the Lady Tak will be with the pace.

“There isn’t a lot of speed in the field, but both times Eddie Castro has ridden her, he’s ridden her well, so I’ll leave it up to him,” Brown said. “She’s been acting very sharp around the barn of late, so I think she’ll be able to stay closer, if she needs to.”

Brown said he’s already exceeded the goals he set for the current meet.

“My goal is always to do better than the previous year, and we’ve already accomplished that,” said Brown, who got his first Grade 1 win earlier this summer with Zagora in the Diana Stakes. “We won 17 races last year and already have 19 with a week left in the meet. More important, we’ve already exceeded the amount of purse money we won here last year as well.”

Brown also reported that Bowman’s Causeway came out of his seventh-place finish in Saturday’s Travers in good order.

“He got a perfect trip, he just wasn’t good enough,” Brown said. “We’ll regroup and look at a fall campaign that might include a start or two at Woodbine. He’s still eligible for his first-level allowance condition, and that race should be easier while worth more money, since he’s a Canadian-bred, up north. So sending him up there is kind of a no-brainer.”