James Covello, Sheep Pond Partners and Head of Plains Partners’ Beach Patrol has now won back-to-back Grade 1 races, the Arlington Million and this Saturday’s Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. The five-length victory earns the 4-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Longines Turf.
“Boom! Beach Patrol. Horse of a lifetime for me. Breeders Cup, here we come!!!,” James Covello tweeted after the race.
turf course in 2:26.29.
Trained by Chad Brown, the colt covered 1 1/2 miles over Belmont Park’s firm turf course.
Keeping Out of Trouble
“This horse has really gotten some unfavorable trips early in the year,” Brown said. “He really is one of the most consistent horses I’ve had in training. He’s a classy horse and Joel gets along with him well. I think their relationship has a lot to do with how this horse has developed in the second half of the year.”
“It was [an impressive turn of foot],” Rosario said. “He just keep moving forward, moving forward and then turning for home, I could see he wasn’t going to quit on you. He gives you everything he has. When I went to let him know it’s time to go and he accelerated himself. It was a really good performance.”
Bred in Kentucky by Nancy Shuford, Beach Patrol was a $250,000 weanling at the Keeneland November Sale. He was purchased privately after a second place finish in the Grade 2 American Turf on the 2016 Kentucky Derby day card in a deal brokered by bloodstock agents Nick Sallusto and Hanzly Albina. Overall, Beach Patrol boasts a record of 5-5-3 from 16 starts with earnings of $1.7 million.