Beach Patrol wins Arlington Million, earns birth in Breeders' Cup Turf

Beach Patrol wins Arlington Million, earns birth in Breeders' Cup Turf

The 2016 Eclipse Award victor saddled Beach Patrol who took the Arlington Million as second choice, and pulled off another minor surprise when Dacita ran over the top of the field to take home the Beverly D.as the fourth betting choice. It was really fun for them a year ago. "To win the Beverly D. and the Million, it's a day you can't replicate".

The victory ended a six-race losing skid for Beach Patrol. "Both came out of the race good", he said. "Super fortunate. Really a great day". Hanley replied, "We're going back to Saratoga and take Chad Brown out".

Beach Patrol hadn't won since last year's Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park. Rosario and Beach Patrol, a 4-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid from the Quiet American mare Bashful Bertie, engaged Deauville at the head of the lane and fought it out until they were approaching the 16-th pole.

Fanciful Angel, a 73-1 shot, finished second. 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.

"I have enormous respect for those two races, as did my mentor Robert Frankel", Brown said.

In the $600,000 Beverly, Dacita won the 1 3/16-mile race in 1:55.49 ahead of Dona Bruja and Grand Jete. Beach Patrol entered the race with 6-1 odds.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf victor Oscar Performance kicked clear of his rivals passing the quarter pole and went on to victory in the $400,000, Grade 1 Secretariat.The Ammerman Racing color-bearer topped a field of six 3-year-old colts running 1-1/4 miles on the turf course in a rapid 2:01.79.