Nov. 23, 2007, at Churchill Downs with Dual Jewels
December 18, 1977 in Mechanicville, N.Y.
At Keeneland (through April 2016):
Won the 2016 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.
16 stakes wins include the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) and 2014 First Lady (G1) with Dayatthespa.
Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1):
My Man Sam
Balance the Books
Breeders’ Cup wins (7):2008 Juvenile Fillies Turf with Maram; 2012 Filly and Mare Turf (G1) with Zagora (FR); 2014 Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) with Lady Eli, Filly and Mare Turf (G1) with Dayatthespa and Turf Sprint (G1) with Bobby’s Kitten; 2015 Filly and Mare Turf (G1) with Stephanie's Kitten and Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) with Wavell Avenue.
Trained 2015 champion male turf horse Big Blue Kitten.
Trained three female turf champions: Dayatthespa (2014), Zagora (FR) (2012) and Stacelita (FR) (2011).
Career earnings exceeded $76 million with 929 wins through May 11, 2016.
Recorded most lucrative season of his career in 2015 with earnings of $20,256,459 to rank second. His 203 wins included two Breeders’ Cup races, plus Grade 1 victories in the Manhattan with Slumber (GB), United Nations Handicap and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic with future champion Big Blue Kitten, Belmont Oaks Invitational with Lady Eli and Flower Bowl with Stephanie’s Kitten.
Leading trainer at the 2015 Belmont fall meet, during which he won two graded races on Oct. 3: Flower Bowl (G1) with Stephanie's Kitten and Hill Prince (G3) with Takeover Target.
In 2014, won 147 races and was second in earnings with $15,383,930. Won seven Grade 1 races, including three races during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
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).
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.