Guarana Battles Back to Win the G1 Madison Stakes for Chad Brown’s 100th Career Grade 1 Win

Guarana Battles Back to Win the G1 Madison Stakes
“Guarana” Photo Credit: Fleetphoto / Dreamstime

Guarana , a beautiful and powerful 4 year-old bay filly by Ghostzapper, battled back from the inside to overtake the speedy and talented Mia Mischief by 3/4 of length in the 17th running of the Grade 1 Madison stakes at Keeneland. Ridden masterfully by jockey Jose Ortiz, who led through  swift fraction of 22.95, 45.92, 109.60 and 121.70 for the 7 furlongs until the classy Mia Mischief took the lead 100 yards before the finish before relinquishing the lead to Guarana, who battled back from the rail. It was the fastest running of the Madison stakes and gave Guarana her third Grade 1 stakes win. It also gave trainer Chad Brown’s his 100th Grade 1 stakes win overall and his 13th at historic  Keeneland.

The older filly and mare division is heating up with the other top runners at the top of their form. Monomoy Girl, who captured the Ruffian Stakes stakes at Belmont Park today stamped herself as one of the leaders as she overpowered  a field of four other runners in a quick 1:34.13 for the mile with her regular rider Florent Geroux. The win gave this stunning chestnut daughter of Tapizar earnings well over $3 million dollars and prepared her for her next start as she was ridden out past the wire.

In other news, Day 6 at OBS Under Tack show was canceled today due to electronic equipment failure from a lightning strike. Breezes will continue on Sunday July 12, 2020 for the final grouping of 2 year-olds in training before the sales begin on Tuesday the 14th through the 16th.

Stay tuned for my latest selections, analysis and updated video replays by visiting OBS July 20

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Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

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Winning Rider Franco in the First

Winning Rider Franco in the First

Manny Franco, better known as “Franco in the First”gets his first classic win in the prestigious Belmont Stakes. 

A well deserved win for this young talented rider from Carolina, Puerto Rico who joined the competitive New York Jockey colony in 2013.

Birthdate: December 19, 1994
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Height: 5 feet, 1 inch
Weight: 112 pounds


  • Won his first Grade 1 on October 1, 2016 with Joking in the Vosburgh, and followed with his second a week later with Yellow Agate in the Frizette. 


  • Went to the track with his father in Puerto Rico; attended jockey school there in 2012 


  • Skylight Citizen, Jan. 2, 2013, Camarero, PR 



Winning Rider Franco in the First

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