Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) winner Connect came out of his upset winning race over Gun Runner fine and his trainer Chad Brown is of the mindset that the Breeders’ Cup is under consideration for his next race. Brown was thrilled with Connect’s win, which he watched from Belmont Park.
He should be thrilled, and impressed, as Connect, who is the son of Curlin, beat out a tough field that included Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and Preakness Stakes champion Exaggerator.
“He has only run one bad race (the Travers) and he came out of it with a lung infection,” said Brown. “(Owner Paul Pompa Jr.) felt it was a legitimate excuse and he pushed to run in the Pennsylvania Derby. I’m glad he did.”
It was Connect’s first graded stakes win. He had won his first three races of 2016, one of which was the July 29 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. In his last graded stakes event, the Travers Stakes (gr. I) on August 27, Connect finished sixth.
“We always thought a lot of Connect,” said Brown. “He’s a horse that took a while to come around. He had a couple of minor injuries along the way and he finally showed yesterday what we thought all along about him—that he could be a top 3-year-old dirt horse.
“We’re very excited about him. So far he looks OK and we’ll form a plan in the days to come. The Breeders’ Cup will be considered, but there are other races as well and other routes we can take with him. He’s definitely an exciting horse for the future.”