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Beach Patrol heads to the winner's circle after the 2016 Secretariat Stakes
The first of three Grade 1 stakes races on Arlington Million Saturday was the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (G1) for 3-year-olds going the Million distance of 1 1/4 miles on the turf. A field of 9 went to post with Belmont Derby (G1) third place finisher Beach Patrol sent off as the 5-2 favorite. In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Long Island Sound, 6th in the Belmont Derby (G1), and 7-2 third choice American Patriot, winner of the Kent Stakes after finishing 10th in the American Turf (G2).
Beach Patrol leads in the stretch.
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 9 Beach Patrol Geroux 7.60 3.80 3.00 8 Long Island Sound Heffernan 4.40 3.00 2 American Patriot Buick 3.00 Winning Time: 2:01.95 $2 Exacta (9-8) 12.90 $0.50 Trifecta (9-8-2) 21.90 $0.10 Superfecta (9-8-2-4) 26.73Results Chart
Left: Beach Patrol in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Chad Brown said, "Florent rode a beautiful race from a difficult post. The horse has been training really well. I want to thank Sol Kumin and James Covello, the other partners that put up the money to buy him – their patience. His first start didn't go so well, they didn't worry about it, they were in it for the long term and it paid off today."
Right: Beach Patrol heads to the barn in his new winner's blanket.
Left: Beach Patrol in the paddock before the race. Winning jockey Florent Geroux said, "Broke good there from the gate, I was able to stalk and when I asked him to go he was very brave. [Long Island Sound] didn't give it up, and [Beach Patrol] showed a lot of heart"
Right: Beach Patrol in the post parade.
Left: Second place finisher Long Island Sound in the post parade. Jockey Seamie Heffernan said, "It was an improvement on his last run. Very happy with him, and he's an improving horse."
Right: Third place finisher American Patriot heads out to the track before the race. Jockey William Buick said, "He ran a good race. He was a bit slow from the gates early. We ended up getting a good run up the inside; he stayed on very strong towards the finish. He's a nice horse. If we would have had a clear trip the whole way, maybe we would have won."
The first stakes race on the card was the $75,000 Bruce D. Memorial Stakes for three-year-olds going 1 mile around one turn of the Polytrack. 9-2 second choice Runningfromthefeds set early fractions of 23.34, 45.78, and 1:10.30 while pressed by 5-2 second choice Pilot House and stalked by 35-1 Mongolian Holiday. Into the lane, Runningfromthefeds opening up a 2 length lead through 7/8 in 1:23.03, but 11-1 Yo Carm, 6th early, rallied 3 wide to win by 1/2 a length in 1:36.47. It was another 3/4 length back to Pilot House third, while 2-1 favorite Two Step Time was 6th.
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