Trainer Chad Brown was arrested and sent to jail in upstate New York on Wednesday night after a woman said he choked her when she went to his home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., according to police and media reports.
Brown was charged with obstructing breathing, a police officer told Horse Racing Nation. He showed up in court on Thursday, and Sgt. Paul Veitch, a spokesman for the Saratoga Springs Police Department, said that he was freed after paying $2,500 in cash to make bail.
Thursday, it didn’t look like Brown went to the track to saddle his two Saratoga runners. Thomas Brandebourger, who is an assistant trainer, took his place.
The judge who charged Brown said that the woman said she was pushed down a staircase, pinned to the ground, choked, and then pushed out of the house.
Karen Heggen, the district attorney for Saratoga County, said that Brown pleaded not guilty.
Subrina Dhammi, a news anchor for WNYT-TV in Albany, posted on Twitter about Brown’s arraignment in Saratoga Springs City Court. Dhammi took a video of Brown walking out of the courtroom wearing a T-shirt, shorts, and handcuffs. She said that Brown’s lawyer, Joseph Gerstenzang, said the trainer was protecting himself from the victim breaking into his home. Judge Francine Vero said she didn’t believe Brown’s story, saying, “This court is not in the business of putting domestic violence victims on trial.”
Heggen told HRN that Brown would be back in court on September 2 for the next procedure in the case. Heggen says that the charge against him is a class A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of $1,000 and 364 days in jail.
During the races on Thursday at Saratoga, one of Brown’s best clients spoke up for the trainer. Owner Peter Brant told Daily Racing Form, “He’s not the kind of person who would do something like this unless he was angry.
Brant told DRF, “I think he’s a smart, sensible guy.” “I was told that this person woke him up and started hitting him. He was clearly just trying to protect himself.”
Meet Chad Brown
Chad C. Brown is an American Thoroughbred horse trainer who was born on December 18, 1978. He is known for his skill with turf horses and fillies and mares. He has trained ten Eclipse Award winners, such as Stacelita, Big Blue Kitten, Lady Eli, Flintshire, and Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar. He won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 2016, and Cloud Computing won the Preakness Stakes in 2017 to give him his first Triple Crown win. In 2017, 2018, and 2019, he also won the Eclipse Award.
In his North American career, the man from Mechanicville, New York, has made more than $228 million from horse racing. Brown’s horses gave him their 2,000th win last year.
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Also, Brown is said to have gotten a degree in animal husbandry from Cornell University in 2001. He got into horse racing while he was in college. After that, he worked for several horse trainers who are in the Hall of Fame.
Chad Brown has been in trouble with the law before. Brown was told to pay $1.6 million in compensation in 2019 because he didn’t pay his staff’s overtime charges back then.