Nov. 23, 2007, at Churchill Downs with Dual Jewels.
December 18, 1977 in Mechanicville, N.Y.
At Keeneland (through 2014):
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.
Nine stakes wins include the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) and 2014 First Lady (G1) with Dayatthespa.
Breeders’ Cup wins (5): 2014 Filly and Mare Turf (G1) with Dayatthespa; 2014 Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) with Lady Eli; 2014 Turf Sprint (G1) with Bobby’s Kitten; 2012 Filly and Mare Turf with Zagora (FR); 2008 Juvenile Fillies Turf with Maram.
Has trained three champion turf females: Dayatthespa (2014); Zagora (FR) (2012); and Stacelita (FR) (2011).
Career earnings as of early February 2015 are more than $52 million.
In 2014, won 147 races and was second in earnings with a career-best $15,383,930. Won seven Grade 1 races, including three races during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Leading trainer in 2014 at Belmont Park’s fall meet and finished second at the Belmont spring and Saratoga meets and fourth in a tie at Aqueduct (fall-winter).
Ranked third among North American trainers by earnings in 2013 with $13,395,419 and 15th by wins with 148 in the most successful season of his career. Highlights included Grade 1 wins by Big Blue Kitten in the Sword Dancer Invitational and United Nations Handicap; Alterite (FR) in the Garden City; and Real Solution in the Arlington Million.
Leading trainer at Belmont Park (2013 fall) and Aqueduct (2010 fall).
Ranked fifth nationally by earnings in 2012 with $11,060,710 while winning at a 28% rate.
Ranked 16th by earnings in 2011 with $5,243,488.
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.