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Valid Point heads to the winner's circle after the 2019 Secretariat Stakes
The second graded stake on Arlington Million Saturday was the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes (G1) for 3-year-olds going 1 mile on the turf, new for 2019 as the race traditionally was run at 1 1/4 miles. A field of 9 went to post with Fog of War sent off as the 2-1 favorite off his close second in the Manila Stakes at Belmont. In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice Valid Point, making his stakes debut after winning his first 2 starts, and 9-2 third choice Never No More, winner of the Madrid Handicap at Naas and the 2000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown.
Down the stretch in the Secretariat.
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Valid Point Castellano 7.20 4.60 4.00 2 Van Beethoven Lordan 19.20 9.20 4 The Last Zip Beschizza 7.40 Winning Time: 1:35.50 $1 Exacta (7-2) 81.80 $0.50 Trifecta (7-2-4) 544.35 $0.10 Superfecta (7-2-4-9) 546.95Results Chart
Left: Valid Point in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Chad Brown said, "Thanks to Mike Ryan and Bob Edwards. The horse got hurt at 2 and we couldn't run him, but they gave him back to me in excellent shape."
Right: Trophy presentation for the Secretariat.
Left: Valid Point in the paddock before the race. Winning jockey Javier Castellano said, "I really like the way he felt today. I let the horse be himself and relax going into the first turn and get into a nice rhythm. The way he finished was impressive to me. When I picked him up he responded right away and I think he's going to be a really nice horse."
Right: Valid Point heads out to the track before the race.
Left: Second place finisher Van Beethoven in the post parade. Jockey Wayne Lordan said, "I ran well. I would have liked to have ridden him a bit more forward, but we got away a little bit slow. We ran a very good race."
Right: Third place finisher The Last Zip heads out to the track before the race. Jockey Adam Beschizza said, "The horse from the outside took me on a little early and I probably went a little bit faster than I had anticipated, but I don't think that cost me a placing. He ran to form. He beat the horse that beat him last time, and he's third in a Grade 1 now."
Left: Sixth place finisher and beaten favorite Fog of War heads out to the track before the race. The Chad Brown trainee has a record of 2 wins, 1 second, and 0 thirds in 5 starts, earning $192,970 for owner Peter Brant.
Right: The horses break from the gate for the Secretariat Stakes.
Kicking off the stakes action was the $75,000 Bruce D. Memorial Stakes for three-year-olds going 1 mile around one turn of the main track. 50-1 Sovereign Impact set the pace of 22.92 and 46.51 while pressed by 5-1 Lexitonian and stalked by 5-2 Can't Hide from Me. On the far turn Sovereign Impact tired allowing Lexitonian to lead through 3/4 in 1:12.44. Turning for home, 2-1 favorite Dabo, last early under Jose Valdivia Jr., came out 5 wide to sweep to the front through 7f in 1:25.37, and drew off to win by 2 1/4 lengths over Can't Hide From Me in 1:38.16. It was a length back to Lexitonian third.
Winning jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. said, "I was loaded the whole way. I wasn't worried at all sitting that far off because I know what kind of move he has. This horse is just a monster."
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