Chad Brown
Trainer Bios

Chad Brown

Born: December 18, 1978 in Mechanicville, New York

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 109
Stakes Wins: 41

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 Stakes








Highly Motivated



Good Magic



Practical Joke



My Man Sam



Bobby’s Kitten



Balance the Books


At Keeneland

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. Now has 41 stakes wins for fourth place on the list of Keeneland's leading trainers by stakes wins behind Todd Pletcher (65), D. Wayne Lukas (51) and Bill Mott (50).

Six wins in the First Lady (G1): Dayatthespa (2014), A Raving Beauty (GER) (2018), Uni (GB) (2019-2020), Blowout (GB) (2021) and In Italian (GB) (2022).

Five wins in the Jenny Wiley (G1): Ball Dancing (2015), Sistercharlie (IRE) (2018), Rushing Fall (2019 and 2020) and Regal Glory (2022). 

Five wins in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1): Dayatthespa (2012), Rushing Fall (2018), Cambier Parc (2019), Shantisara (IRE) (2021) and Gina Romantica (2022).

Rushing Fall also won the 2017 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) and 2018 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association. She has five stakes wins at Keeneland; only Wise Dan with seven has more.

Two wins in the Toyota Blue Grass with champion Good Magic (G2 in 2018) and Zandon (G1 in 2022).

Won 2021 Maker's Mark Mile (G1) with Raging Bull (FR).



Triple Crown wins (2): Preakness in 2017 with Cloud Computing and 2022 with Early Voting.

Breeders’ Cup wins (16): 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; 2018 Filly and Mare Turf with Sistercharlie (IRE) and Juvenile Fillies Turf with Newspaperofrecord (IRE); 2019 Turf with Bricks and Mortar, Mile with Uni (GB) and Juvenile Turf with Structor; and 2022 Filly and Mare Sprint with Goodnight Olive.

Received Eclipse Awards in 2016-2019 as outstanding trainer in North America. 

North American career earnings exceed $250 million with 2,345 wins through Jan. 24, 2023.

Recorded 2,000th win on Aug. 7, 2021, when Digital Software won the 10th race at Saratoga.

Click here for his Equibase career record.



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.