On Wednesday night in Saratoga Springs, New York, trainer Chad Brown was charged with obstruction of breathing, a misdemeanor, in relation to his horse Zandon, who finished third in this year’s Kentucky Derby.
According to the Times Union of Albany, New York, Brown “was expected to be released from custody after posting bail” after spending the night in the city jail. According to the article, Brown entered a not guilty plea.
Brown “pushed a woman down a flight of stairs at his home, pinned her to the floor, and tried to choke her before throwing her out of the house,” as stated by Assistant District Attorney Kayla Potter. This is a violation of New York state law, which defines criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation as “applying pressure on the throat or neck of an individual with the intent to impede the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of another person, or blocking the nose or mouth.” The maximum sentence for a Class A misdemeanor conviction in New York is one year in jail and/or three years of probation.
Since entering his first horse in the 2013 Derby, with whom he finished fourth (with Normandy Invasion), Brown has become a familiar face on the Derby trail. The 2018 Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic was his best performer.
From 2016 through 2019, Brown was honored as the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer four times in a row. With $19.8 million in earnings and fourth-most victories (168), Brown is the top trainer in North America, per Equibase.com.
An earlier version of this article appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal. New York horse trainer Chad Brown is in trouble after he allegedly choked and pushed a woman.
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