Trainer Bobby Frankel, second only to Todd Pletcher in 2005 earnings through last weekend with more than $7.5 million, has sent a division of his stable to Monmouth Park for the first time.
The Hall of Fame trainer has 14 horses here under the care of Chad Brown, who has worked for Frankel the last three years, first in California and Saratoga and this season in Kentucky. Brown and the horses moved north after the Churchill Downs meet ended recently.
"We brought four nice 2-year-olds and 10 older horses," Brown said. "One of the older horses is Ay Caramba, who won on the grass at Churchill Downs. I know there are races here for them as the summer goes along."
Ay Caramba, a 5-year-old Brazilian-bred son of Roi Normand, was a group I stakes winner in his native country and has won three races over the Churchill grass, including his last two starts. He is a candidate for the $150,000 Oceanport Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth on Aug. 7.
Brown, a native of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., attended Cornell University and started at the racetrack working for Shug McGaughey after college.
"I brought horses here for Shug several times," Brown said. "But they were day trips for stakes races here."