August 12 – Beach Patrol returned to the scene of his greatest triumph and got the money again in the 35th running of the Arlington Million.
Winner of the Secretariat Stakes (G1) on the Million undercard a year ago, Beach Patrol started from 10 post in the main event on Saturday. After a sharp break, new rider Joel Rosario used Beach Patrol’s keen early speed to secure a forward position just outside the rail horse, longshot Oak Brook.
Beach Patrol and Oak Brook navigated the Arlington Park turf course in tandem through reasonable fractions of :24.45, :49.53, 1:14.38 and 1:38.92 for the mile.
“They told me I had to get him out of the gate and get into a good position and let him find himself,” said Joel Rosario. “It took a little bit of time, but he really found his way after. I appreciate the chance and the opportunity to be able to ride him today.”
Oak Brook gave way at the head of the lane leaving Beach Patrol briefly in front but European invader Deauville emerged to his inside and looked ready justify his favortism after an easy rail trip.
Deauville surged to the lead but Beach Patrol parried right back and retook the advantage. He and Rosario then accelerated away toward the wire, holding off a late challenge from another overseas rival, Fanciful Angel.
In addition to the $564,000 in purse money, Beach Patrol secured an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf via the ‘Win and You’re In’ program.
Beach Patrol became thoroughbred racing’s newest millionaire with the triumph. His career bankroll now stands $1,456,945.
The four-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid is owned by James Covello, Sheep Pond Partners and Head of Plains Partners LLC. Bloodstock agents Nick Sallusto and Hanzly Albina put the partnership together and brokered the deal to purchase the colt from Gary and Mary West 14 months ago. He was turned over to trainer Chad Brown after the sale.
“It’s funny I’ve seen the trophy and Chad always talked about this is the best trophy in horse racing,” said co-owner Sol Kumin of Sheep Pond Partners. “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.”
(Photo by Four Footed Fotos)