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Brown Hopes To See Green Friday

Published: October 28, 2015 5:33 pm ET

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Brian Brown is enjoying the best season of his harness racing career, and it got even better last weekend when the Ohio native won his first Breeders Crown.

Fresh off his Breeders Crown win with older pacing mare Colors A Virgin, the 51-year-old conditioner will look to keep the good times rolling when he sends three horses to stakes engagements Friday at Hoosier Park; Lost For Words in the $285,500 Monument Circle for three-year-old male pacers and Serious Filly and Triple V Hanover in the $100,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old female pacers.

Also on Hoosier’s card Friday are the $265,000 Carl Erskine for three-year-old trotters, $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers, and $140,000 Crossroads of America for three-year-old filly trotters. The Monument Circle features the pride of Indiana, Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete, and the sport’s No. 1-ranked horse, Wiggle It Jiggleit. The two stars split two previous encounters.

Brown has been a force on the Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania sire stakes circuits, but is now also making noise on the Grand Circuit. Last year’s highlight came when Colors A Virgin won the Jugette for three-year-old female pacers at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, which is Brown’s base in central Ohio, providing Brown with his top open-stakes victory at the time.

Of course he has seen some disappointments along the way since then.

Colors A Virgin had a chance to give Brown his first Breeders Crown last year, winning her elimination but then finishing fourth in the final as the 1-2 favourite. This year, he saw Lost For Words lose the Little Brown Jug by a nose to Wiggle It Jiggleit in an epic battle. Lost For Words also finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Milstein Memorial and was second, by a neck, to Artspeak in the Tattersalls Pace.

And one race prior to Colors A Virgin’s Breeders Crown triumph, Brown watched Lost For Words lead his race into the stretch before finishing third behind Freaky Feet Pete and Artspeak.

So when Colors A Virgin won by a nose over Sandbetweenurtoes to claim her Crown, Brown was understandably elated. It was the 1,079th training victory of his career.

“Tonight was very rewarding,” Brown said after the race Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. “To finally get over the hump in a major race, hopefully it will open the gates and we can be here again.”

“I’m glad for Brian,” said winning driver David Miller, who is also an Ohio native. “He’s a great guy and works hard. He deserves it.”

After spending his childhood summers watching his father Robert H. Brown and uncle William Brown campaign horses around Ohio, Brown fulfilled his dream to become a driver in 1981 at the age of 16. He won nearly 250 races over the ensuing decade, but turned his attention to training in the early 1990s.

Brown’s stable has already set career highs this year with 141 wins and $3.27 million in purses, bettering his previous highs of 106 victories and $2.11 million in earnings set just last season.

He had three Breeders Crown finalists last weekend, with Spider Man Hanover finishing seventh among two-year-old male pacers and Lost For Words finishing third. Color’s A Virgin had shown signs of illness during the previous week, but came up big.

“I was getting more disappointed (as the night went on),” Brown said. “Lost For Words came up a hair short and I thought my two-year-old would be great and he didn’t race as well as I expected. We were worried (Color’s A Virgin) might be getting sick, but she was great jogging and we were all relieved, but we had no idea we'd come here and win. I was just hoping for money with her. David did a bang-up job and put her in the right places.

“It was wonderful.”

Colors A Virgin also gave breeder/owner Bruce Trogdon’s Emerald Highlands Farm its first Breeders Crown win.

“Bruce and the guys get her ready on the farm and she comes to me to race and I have to thank them or we wouldn’t be standing here,” Brown said. “And what can you say about David Miller? He won five Breeders Crowns (Saturday).”

On Friday, Lost For Words and Miller will start from post seven in the Monument Circle.

Wiggle It Jiggleit, who has won 19 of 22 races this year and earned $1.84 million, will leave from post one with Montrell Teague at the lines for trainer Clyde Francis. Freaky Feet Pete, with 13 victories in 15 starts this season and $633,024, is in post three with Trace Tetrick driving for Larry Rheinheimer.

Hambletonian winner Pinkman leads the Carl Erskine, which also includes Colonial winner Crazy Wow and Yonkers Trot champion Habitat.

To view the entries for Hoosier's stakes packed card of harness racing, click the following link: Friday Entries - Hoosier Park.


This story courtesy of Harness Racing Communications, a division of the U.S. Trotting Association. For more information, visit www.ustrotting.com.


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