Nov. 27, 2007, at Churchill Downs with Dual Jewels.
December 18, 1977 in Mechanicville, N.Y.
At Keeneland (through Spring 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.
Eight stakes wins include the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) with Dayatthespa.
Breeders’ Cup wins (2): 2012 Filly and Mare Turf with Zagora (FR) and 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with Maram.
Trained Zagora (FR), champion turf female in 2012, and Stacelita (FR), champion turf female in 2011.
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.