Trainer Bios

Chad Brown

Born: December 18, 1978 in Mechanicville, N.Y.

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 44

Stakes Wins: 19

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2010 Diana at Saratoga with Zagora (FR)

First Stakes Win: 2008 Miss Grillo (G3) at Belmont Park with Maram

First Graded Stakes Win: 2008 Miss Grillo (G3) at Belmont Park with Maram

First Career Win: Nov. 23, 2007, at Churchill Downs with Dual Jewels

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass




2017 Practical Joke 2nd
2016 My Man Sam 2nd


Bobby’s Kitten



Balance the Books


At Keeneland

During the 2017 Spring Meet, won the Madison (G1) with Paulassilverlining. Sent out Rushing Fall to win the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) during the Fall Meet as a prep to her win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

Won the 2016 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) with Irish Jasper during the Fall Meet and the Bewitch (G3) with Olorda (GER) on closing day of the Spring Meet.

Won the Bryan Station with Tweet Kitten on Oct. 30, 2015, on the first of the two days of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

Won three stakes during the 2015 Spring Meet: Jenny Wiley (G1) with Ball Dancing, Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association with Lady Eli and Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select with Night Prowler.

Eight wins during the 2015 Spring Meet all were on the turf course.

Won first Keeneland race during the 2008 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2009 Woodford (G3) with Silver Timber, who also won the 2010 Shakertown (G3) and 2010 Woodford.

19 stakes wins include the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) and 2014 First Lady (G1) with Dayatthespa.


Triple Crown win: 2017 Preakness (G1) with Cloud Computing.

Breeders’ Cup wins (10): 2008 Juvenile Fillies Turf with Maram; 2012 Filly and Mare Turf with Zagora (FR); 2014 Juvenile Fillies Turf with Lady Eli, Filly and Mare Turf with Dayatthespa, and Turf Sprint with Bobby’s Kitten; 2015 Filly and Mare Turf with Stephanie's Kitten, and Filly and Mare Sprint with Wavell Avenue; 2016 Juvenile Fillies Turf with New Money Honey; 2018 Juvenile with Good Magic and Juvenile Fillies Turf with Rushing Fall.

Received 2016 and 2017 Eclipse Awards as outstanding trainer in North America. 

North American career earnings exceed $122 million with 1,282 wins through January 29, 2018.

Brown achieved career-best earnings of $26,202,164 from 213 wins in 2012. He campaigned 12 Grade 1 winners and recorded his biggest victories in the Preakness (G1) with Cloud Computing, Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) with Good Magic, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) with Rushing Fall and Arlington Million (G1) with Beach Patrol.

In 2016, led all trainers by earnings with $23,135,084. Won 182 races, including 42 graded stakes with 12 Grade 1 wins, to lead all trainers. Won 128 turf races.

2016 highlights include victories in the Hopeful (G1) and the Champagne (G1) with Practical Joke; Bowling Green (G1), Manhattan (G1) and the Sword Dancer (G1) with Flintshire (GB), Flower Bowl (G1) with Lady Eli; and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) with New Money Honey.

Trained 2016 champion turf male Flintshire (GB) and 2015 champion turf male Big Blue Kitten.

Trained female turf champions Stacelita (FR) (2011), Zagora (FR) (2012) and Dayatthespa (2014).

Won a Saratoga meet record 40 races in 2016. Was the leading trainer at Saratoga and at the Belmont spring and fall meets during the year.


Chad obtained a degree in animal husbandry from Cornell University in 2001. He received his start in racing by spending his college summers and the year following his graduation working for Racing Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. “I grew up breaking and training Standardbreds,” he said, “but always wanted to be with the Thoroughbreds. I liked the way Shug won big races, and he had so many good-quality horses I was lucky enough that he took me in when I approached him. I started out hot-walking, then grooming and worked my way up to a foreman.”

Chad then spent five years working for another Hall of Famer, the late Bobby Frankel, splitting his time between Southern California and Saratoga. He went on to oversee Frankel’s divisions in Kentucky, Monmouth Park and Gulfstream Park. He went out on his own in November 2007.