By Teresa Genaro
Horses trained by Chad Brown made up nearly half of the field for the $1 million Manhattan Stakes (G1T) June 8 at Belmont Park, but bettors looking for a price were disappointed as favored Bricks and Mortar won by 1 1/2 lengths for his fifth consecutive score.
Brown trainees completed the trifecta, with Robert Bruce running second and Raging Bull coming in three-quarters of a length back in third. The 50-cent Brown trifecta paid $23.12. Brown’s fourth runner, Olympico, finished seventh.
“Since I’ve been riding him, he hasn’t got beat yet. I love this horse. He’s a fighter,” said Ortiz. “He’s so good. The track was really fast. He always shows up. His last couple of races was on firm turf; this was softer. His feet can feel it a little more.