After capturing the last three meet titles on the New York Racing Association circuit, trainer Chad Brown, currently third in the Aqueduct trainer standings with 10 wins entering Friday’s card, will attempt to make a run at winning the Aqueduct Fall meet title, which comes to its conclusion on Sunday, with a strong contingent of stakes contenders for Saturday’s Cigar Mile card.


In the Cigar Mile, Brown will saddle a formidable pair in Patternrecognition, for Klaravich Stables and owner William Lawrence, and Timeline, for Woodford Racing. Both are exiting the Grade 2 Kelso on September 22 at Belmont Park, which Patternrecognition won and Timeline ran third with fellow Cigar Mile-entrant Sunny Ridge in second.


Brown said he expects the pair to move forward off of their Kelso efforts.


“They both have continued to train good heading into this race,” said Brown. “Patternrecognition seems to really be coming into peak form, winning his last two starts, and Timeline as well seems to be doing fine.”


In the Grade 2 Remsen for juveniles, Brown will send out Network Effect for Klaravich Stables. Brown and Klaravich Stables teamed up to win the Remsen in 2014 with Leave the Light On. The Mark Valeski colt won his debut on August 11 at Saratoga by three lengths and followed up that victory with a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Nashua on November 4 at the Big A. 


“His last race was a good prep race for him,” said Brown. “He got a touch sick coming off his maiden win, but he’s rounding back into form very nicely.”


In Saturday’s Grade 3 Go For Wand, which will see the East Coast return of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s Marley’s Freedom following a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Brown will saddle Pacific Wind, for owners Peter Brant, Sharon Alesia, Ciaglia Racing and Dominic Savides, as well as Your Love for owner Paul Pompa Jr.


A 4-year-old daughter of Curlin, Pacific Wind has made five starts this year highlighted by a victory in the Grade 2 Ruffian at Belmont on May 6. Last out, she ran third in the Grade 1 Spinster on October 7 at Keeneland. Your Love, a 4-year-old daughter of Flatter, finished a game second in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom in her last start. 


“The Go For Wand came up tough, much more so than I expected,” said Brown. “But they’re each doing well, and we feel the cutback from one and one eighth miles in the Spinster should benefit Pacific Wind, as well as the stretch out in distance for Your Love coming off her second in the Gallant Bloom.”


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