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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


Saratoga Springs, NY, August 18, 2022 — The picture at the bottom of this report tells a very sad story indeed.

The image is of multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown at his arraignment Thursday morning in Saratoga Springs City Court.

Brown stands accused of alleged domestic violence, “Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.” a Class A misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail or three years probation.

Saratoga’s leading trainer was arrested for allegedly choking a woman when she was at his home. He was released from the Saratoga Springs Police Facility Thursday morning after posting bail.

The woman alleges that Brown pushed her down the stairs, pinned her to the ground, choked her, and ejected her from his house.

Brown’s lawyer claims that he was defending himself from an intruder who came into his home.

According to Subrina Dhammi’s report, Judge Francine Vero doubted the story’s veracity, stating “this court is not in the business of accusing domestic violence victims.”

The Saratoga police later confirmed that Brown and the woman were “acquaintances.” An investigation into the matter is ongoing. A court date has been set for Brown to appear September 2.


Twitter Photo by Subrina Dhammi of WNYT-TV Albany

1:08 AM · Aug 18, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

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  1. ‘Previous relationship’ opens up a lot of possibilities where hurt feelings muddy the waters on how things might have happened. Gun to my head I’m calling it this way: he had another woman over and she stopped by and emotions got way out of hand. I will eat my words if this turns out not to be close to the truth.

    Additionally, having said that, I am making zero determination on how it shook out after that; him being a great trainer and coming across on tv as laid back is zero reason to dismiss the accuser’s account in any way whatsoever, and would be incredibly naive. Men are capable of some truly despicable things.

    Also, to add to how bizarre this whole thing is already, he was wearing a Dark Side of the Moon t-shirt when he was arrested; that is the album with the song Breathe on it.

    1. I’m with you Dan. Let’s see what comes out of the SEP 2 hearing before passing judgment one way or the other…

  2. How to ruin a splendid life,reputation while you’re the King of the Sport of Kings ! Acquaintances in relationships,friends with benefits,whatever color the lawyers want to paint the picture,it is still an assault on a woman who is,and maybe has been too many times,in your house.Not a stranger who was planning to break and enter,rob your client. Hot tempers are rarely good excuses to use as a defense: it sounds childish,asinine. Hoping that the ‘ system’ works out without making exceptions because of the assailant ‘ s winning reputation at the Spa. Who does he think he is,Irad ?? 😁😇 ‘ I’m sure that some trainers are happy that,finally,something bad happened to Chad Brown. Things were going too good for him,but I feel for his family like his daughter who’s been seen around her dad…and if you ever had a Daddy’s girl, there’s nothing else I’m going to add……’Momma said there will be days like these”,referring to today,Thursday, one daily double ,8-9, and 0/ 4.Hey,it happens !! Nobody is Purfeckt, not even Chad Brown.🤔

  3. I’m amazed that some (many?) appear to somehow believe that this is Brown’s first transgression. In 2019, it was determined by the U.S. Department of Labor that between 2014-17 Brown had failed to pay overtime wages to hotwalkers and grooms in his barn, and committed other “willful violations” of labor law (e.g. shaking down immigrant workers). He settled the case by agreeing to pay $1.2 million in back wages, plus $287,000 in liquidated damages and $120,000 in civil penalties.

    While I certainly wouldn’t downplay the significance of Brown’s current case, the fact that for years he abused many poor backstretch workers in a systematic manner arguably reflects even more poorly on him.

    1. As spectators we only know about the image,brand,that most personalities expose us to.Nobody knows ” What really goes on behind closed doors” . Found it interesting that that victim was also a horse trainer,as reported in the Albany paper and,why is it difficult to find pictures of the present,or former ,Mrs Chad Brown ? Just hoping that he has not abused horses as he has former lovers and poor employees !Today,Friday: Only 3 races on the books,missing the first 2 and the hitting the $ 640 plus triple,$ 135 exacta,$ 70 plus DD The 9 th race was good to me.Tomorrow don’t plan to play more than 5 races.Too much input to measure and digest.Will Chad Brown hide like he did today after his horse won,by standing on the extreme left ? Why act gutless if you think that you’re defending yourself ?

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