Prior to Aug. 12, the best race of Beach Patrol’s life came on the turf at Arlington International Racecourse. On Saturday evening, the son of Lemon Drop Kid proved that outing was not only no fluke, but one he could further raise the bar on.
Nearly a year to the day after he earned his first Grade 1 score in the Secretariat Stakes, Chad Brown trainee Beach Patrol duplicated that form against a salty international field when he fought past favored Deauville in the stretch and held strong against longshot Fanciful Angel late to win the Grade 1 Arlington Million XXXV Stakes.
The win was the first for the 4-year-old colt since his breakout victory 12 months earlier, ending a streak of six losses that saw him run admirably enough to keep faith that another big day was on tap. During that dry spell, he had not finished worse than fourth and came to Arlington off a third-place effort in the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes on July 1. And had it not been for fellow Arlington Million entrant Divisidero, Beach Patrol would have already halted his losing skid in the May 6 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs as he fell just a half-length short of that rival in a runner-up effort.
He also succeeded in planting yet another feather in the cap for Eclipse Award-winner Brown, who earlier on the card sent out Dacita to win the Beverly D. Stakes to become the first trainer to sweep those two contests in the same year.
Owned by James Covello, Head of Plains Partners and Sheep Pond Partners — the latter of whom also co-owns Dacita — Beach Patrol got himself prominently placed in the early going of the 1 1/4-mile test, settling just off the hip of longshot pacesetter Oak Brook through a leisurely procession of :24.45 and :49.53 for the first half-mile.
“They told me I had to get him out of the gate and get into a good position and let him find himself,” winning jockey Joel Rosario said. “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 was still clinging to his lead at the quarter-pole before the reality of his 56.50-1 odds and the power of Rosario’s mount set in full force. Grade 1 winner Deauville, who had been stalking the top two while saving ground down the backstretch, shot up the rail and took a short lead in the final furlong only to have Beach Patrol unearth another gear under strong hand urging from Rosario, edging clear late en route to covering the distance in 2:02.39.
“This was the spot and the race we’ve been waiting for a year,” said co-owner Sol Kumin of Sheep Pond Partners. “He loves it here, Joel gave us a great ride, obviously Chad and his team had the horse ready and we’re super happy.
“It’s funny, I’ve seen the trophy and Chad always talked about this is 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.”
Sent off at 4.90-1 odds, Beach Patrol paid $11.80, $6, and $4 across the board.
Fanciful Angel made a huge run to get second with Deauville third as the 9-5 favorite and Enterprising fourth.
Powerful Rally Propels Dacita in Beverly D.
In the 1 3/16-mile race at the Arlington International Racing Festival, Dacita and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. settled near the back of the field of 10 females, while Zipessa led through the early stages. With a wide-closing effort into the stretch, Dacita was able to run by a fellow closer Dona Bruja and Grand Jete to score by a half-length.
Sheep Pond Partners’ and Bradley Thoroughbreds’ 6-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy picked up her second top-level win in the U.S. The victory was trainer Chad Brown’s fourth Beverly D. score and his third consecutive following Watsdachances in 2015 and Sea Calisi last year.
The victory earned Dacita a guaranteed spot in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. The Beverly D. is part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series.
In Saturday’s outing, Zipessa took the field through the first three-quarters of a mile, clocking fractions of :23.84, :49.34, and 1:14.81. Approaching the final turn, jockey Declan Cannon asked 2.30-1 favorite Dona Bruja to accelerate. The Argentine-bred mare, who won her first two races in the U.S., went three wide and had a brief advantage in early stretch.
Dacita, who traveled four wide around the turn, closed with a powerful rush and was able to catch Dona Bruja and hold off a closing Grand Jete, who also is trained by Brown.
The final time was 1:55.49 on the firm turf.
Rainha Da Bateria, Brown’s third entrant, was fourth.
Off at 6-1, the winner returned $15.80, $5.20, and $4.40 across the board.
Bred by Haras Paso Nevado in Chile, Dacita was a multiple Group 1 winner in her native country before coming to the U.S. in 2015.
Since then she’s run in nine graded stakes in North America, and has only finished out of the top two three times. Last year, she took the Grade 2 New York Stakes and then nipped Recepta to win the Grade 1 Diana Stakes.—Erin Shea