Derby Contenders

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Connections

Chad Brown

Trainer

Chad grew up near Saratoga Racecourse which sparked his interest in the thoroughbred industry. He worked there for Hall Of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey before taking a job as an assistant trainer for 5 years to Hall Of Famer Bobby Frankel. Chad went out on his own in 2007 and did not take long to make a name for himself as a top trainer. He won his first Breeders' Cup race with Maram in 2008 and followed that up with another Breeders' Cup victory in 2012 with Zagora. He has trained multiple grade 1 winners Stacelita, Awesome Feather, Desert Blanc as well as other stable stars in Samitar and Silver Timbers.

Javier Castellano

Jockey

Castellano began his riding career in 1996 in his native country of Venezuela. In 1997 he came to the United States to ride and had his first winner at Calder that same year. He scored his biggest victories with Ghostzapper in the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic and Bernardini in the 2006 Preakness. Other top horses include Union Rags, Stay Thirsty, Hilda's Passion, Red Rocks, and Telling.

Fox Hill Farms (Rick Porter)

Owner

Porter became interested in racing after attending races at Delaware Park as a youth. He named his racing stable Fox Hill Farms after a home he purchased in Delaware in 1989. Fox Hill Farms has had two second place finishers in the Kentucky Derby with Hard Spun and Eight Belles in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Hard Spun would also finish second in the Preakness Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Classic. Havre De Grace took the stable to the highest of racing honors when voted 2011 Eclipse Champion Horse of the Year. Her campaign included victories in the Apple Blossom, Beldame and a win over males in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. Other top runners include Round Pond the winner of the 2006 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic, Joyful Victory, Kodiak Kowboy,Jostle, Friesan Fire, Old Fashioned, and Rockport Harbor.

Pedigree

Normandy Invasion's pedigree is a mixture of speed and residual stamina, offering reasonable hope that the Derby distance is within his compass.

He is from the fifth crop of hot stallion Tapit, who covered Horse of the Year Zenyatta in 2012 and Horse of the Year Havre de Grace in 2013. Tapit won the 2004 running of the Wood Memorial in his fourth career start before finishing ninth in the Kentucky Derby on a sloppy track, but he made only one more start before heading to stud. By recently deceased prominent sire Pulpit, Tapit is out of a mare by 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Unbridled.

Tapit is responsible for three champions and numerous Grade 1 winners. His top offspring include 2011 champion two-year-old colt Hansen; 2008 champion two-year-old filly Stardom Bound; and Grade 1 winner Careless Jewel, who captured the 2009 Alabama at 1 1/4 miles. The fast-rising gray stallion is proving to be an outstanding source of both speed and stamina. He has several other current Derby hopefuls, including He's Had Enough, Tesseron and Flashback.

Normandy Invasion must rely largely on Tapit for his distance capacity, for he is out of a speed-oriented mare. His dam, Boston Lady, was badly beaten in all five of her starts, and she has produced only one other winner from five runners.

Boston Lady is by Boston Harbor, the champion two-year-old colt of 1996, who rates as predominantly a speed influence. Yet he factors as the broodmare sire of Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill, who stayed 1 1/4 miles (thanks to her sire Point Given), and Concord Point, winner of the 2010 West Virginia and Iowa Derbies. Concord Point was by Tapit and thus bred on the same cross as Normandy Invasion.

Normandy Invasion could also receive further heft from deeper in his female line, which descends from 1926 champion Fair Star and has continued to produce quality runners over the decades, including champions Fairy Chant and Parlo and Hall of Famer Arts and Letters. In more recent times, another branch of this line was responsible for 1996 Derby hero Grindstone.

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