SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Saratoga Race Course top trainer standings leader, Chad Brown, was arrested for obstruction of breathing on Wednesday, NEWS10 confirmed. Saratoga’s Commissioner of Public Safety, James Montagnino, said that he was charged with a misdemeanor.

Brown appeared before a judge at Saratoga Springs court for arraignment on Thursday, Montagnino said. Under New York Penal Code 121.11, any intent to impede someone’s breathing or circulation of blood by pressure to the neck is obstruction of breathing.

The defense attorney for Brown claims that the victim broke into Brown’s home and attacked the horse trainer and his companion. Brown was defending himself, the attorney said.

According to court documents that NEWS10 obtained, the victim, a significant other, went to Brown’s Saratoga home around 11 p.m. on Wednesday; the person had a key to the house. The victim went to Brown’s bedroom and saw him with another female. After confronting Brown, the victim says that the horse trainer pushed them down the stairs.

“I fought him down the hallway and he pinned me to the floor and started choking me,” the victim continues to state in the court documents. “He applied pressure to my neck while it was against the floor. I was able to push him off me and get up. Chad [Brown] then pushed me out the door and I left and came to the police station.”

Chad Brown has 112 wins at Saratoga Race Course this season, 10 more than Todd Pletcher (92). Over his career, Brown has 2,260 firsts in 8,882 starts. His career earnings are $238,343,984.

In 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor said that Brown, of Mechanicville, violated the fair labor standards act by neglecting to pay grooms and hot walkers, as well as failing to record payroll. He was ordered to pay $1.6 million in penalties and back wages to workers of the Saratoga Race Course and other New York tracks.