By Blood Horse
Sometimes things work out well in the end.
Owner Peter Brant and trainer Chad Brown did not get a chance to run Dunbar Road in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), but three and a half months later, time healed that wound on a day at Saratoga Race Course that took a soggy turn.
The young, inexperienced filly that was the second morning-line choice in the Kentucky Oaks but did not have enough qualifying points to run made up for that setback Aug. 17 when she stormed to an impressive 2 3/4-length victory over Point of Honor in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), the midsummer complement to the Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.
“Right after the race,” Brant said following Saturday’s stakes, “Chad told me she would have won the Kentucky Oaks.”
Judging by what happened in the Alabama, it’s hard to dispute that contention.
“Peter’s a very patient owner and he said he thought this was more of an Alabama horse,” Brown said, “He was right.”