Brown excited about Normandy Invasion's potential
Although Normandy Invasion came out on the short end of the photo, his performance raised the hopes of his trainer.
"He's a very talented horse," Brown commented. "He's still learning the game. He can obviously handle two turns. Distance won't be a problem for him moving forward.
"He has a great disposition about him. He's a very smart horse. If he continues to learn and progress, he could be a horse on the (Derby) trail. I'm hoping."
Normandy Invasion's development hasn't come as a big surprise.
"We did like the horse quite a bit. Very soon after I received him, we identified him as one of our top prospects -- he way he moved, the way he was breezing," his trainer said.
Brown also has a pair of very promising two-year-old turf performers, Noble Tune and Balance the Books, who finished second and third, respectively, in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita last month. Both colts returned to the track at Palm Meadows this week after having a month off. Brown is hoping they'll return to action in early March.
The Brown-trained Dayatthespa is recovering from cuts suffered while trying to jump the inner rail in the recent Grade 1 Matriarch at Hollywood Park. She wound up fifth in the field of eight.
"So far, I'm optimistic. I love the way she's handling everything here. There's no time table for her," said Brown, who saddled Dayatthespa for five straight victories prior to her Matriarch mishap, including the Grade 2 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.
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