Beach Patrol wins Arlington Million to end 6-race skid
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) Beach Patrol won the Arlington Million by a half-length on Saturday, snapping a six-race skid and earning a berth in the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf this fall.
Ridden by Joel Rosario, Beach Patrol ran 1 1/4 miles on a firm turf course in 2:02.39 at Arlington Park in suburban Chicago. He paid $11.60, $6 and $4 as the 9-2 second choice in the 12-horse field.
Fanciful Angel, a 73-1 shot, returned $51.40 and $10.40. Deauville, the 9-5 favorite, was another neck back in third and paid $2.80 to show while matching his finish of a year ago.
Beach Patrol hadn’t won since last year’s Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park. His victory completed a big day for New York-based trainer Chad Brown, who also won the $600,000 Beverly D. Stakes with Dacita at the same track. Dacita earned an automatic berth in the BC Filly & Mare Turf.
Beach Patrol settled just off pacesetter Oak Brook in the early going. With Oak Brook weakening coming into the stretch, Beach Patrol dug in and inched away from Deauville in the final furlongs.
Enterprising was fourth, followed by Ascend, Oak Brook, Divisidero, Oscar Nominated, Kasaqui, Mekhtaal, Ghost Hunter and 2015 winner The Pizza Man.