A year on from his victory in the Gr. 1 Secretariat Stakes at the same meeting, Beach Patrol returned to Chicago and proved it was no fluke with a decisive win in the Gr. 1 Arlington Million today.
The son of Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid was prominent throughout the 10-furlong (2000m) contest and held out the home-straight challenges of Fanciful Angel and Deauville to win by half a length.
From the stable of America’s leading turf trainer Chad Brown, Beach Patrol has now had 15 starts for four wins, eight placings and more than US$1.4 million in prize-money. The two Grade One features at Arlington have been his only stakes wins to date.
“This was the spot and the race we've been waiting for for a year,” co-owner Sol Kumin told Blood Horse. “He loves it here, Joel (Rosario) gave us a great ride, obviously Chad and his team had the horse ready and we’re super happy.
“Chad always talked about this being the best trophy in horse racing. It's always been on the bucket list and I’m super fortunate to be here with my kids and dad. It doesn't get much better than this.”
In the day’s other feature races, the Gr. 1 Secretariat Stakes for three-year-olds was won by the Kitten’s Joy ridgling Oscar Performance, trained by Brian Lynch and ridden by Jose Ortiz. Oscar Performance has now won six of his nine starts, three at Grade One level, having previously claimed the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and Belmont Derby.
The runner-up was the Aidan O’Brien-trained Galileo colt Taj Mahal. A full-brother to Gleneagles, Taj Mahal holds a nomination for the Cox Plate. O’Brien followed the Secretariat Stakes-Cox Plate path successfully with the 2014 Cox Plate winner Adelaide.
The race was marred by the fatal breakdown of high-class British colt Permian, with rider William Buick taken to hospital for evaluation after complaining of soreness in his lower back.
The other Grade One race, the Beverly D for fillies and mares, was won by the Scat Daddy mare Dacita.