COACH CLAIMS BROOKLYN FOR BIG BROWN

Big Brown gelding Coach Inge rebounded after being headed in the straight to claim the G2 Brooklyn Invitational (2400m) at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Coach Inge (4g Big Brown – Touch Too Much by Holy Bull) repelled last year’s G1 Travers Stakes winner V E Day twice to win the historic event by a neck.  They streeted the rest of the field by more than five lengths.

“He put in a good fight down the lane for a horse that went head-and-head down the backstretch,” winning jockey John Velazquez said.  “That’s a lot of guts.”

The Brooklyn marked the stakes debut for Coach Inge who was making his 10th start.  It took him five attempts to win a 1700m maiden at Aqueduct in December and he followed up with two more victories at the Big A including a 12 length score in allowance company.

“That was a very powerful allowance race and we had a feeling he would handle the distance today,” trainer Todd Pletcher said.  “It was a heck of a horse race.” Watch the race here: http://www.nbcsports.com/horse-racing/coach-inge-edges-out-v-e-day-win-brooklyn-invitational

The Brooklyn purse increased his bank balance to $376,175.  The Kentucky bred gelding was a $150,000 purchase for owner Mike Repole at the Ocala 2YO Sale in March 2013 and he is from a half-sister to Group 3 winning sprinter Comedero (Posse).

Vinery will stand Big Brown for a service fee of $8,800 (inc gst) in 2015.

2017-03-30T22:49:40+00:00 June 7th, 2015|