James Covello, Sheep Pond Partners, and Head of Plains Partners’ Beach Patrol was just able to hold off the the vary game Long Island Sound to prevail by a head in Saturday’s Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes, the first graded stakes win of his career. The 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid covered 10 furlongs over Arlington Park’s “good to firm” (good in lane one, firm in lane five) turf course in 2:01.95 for trainer Chad Brown, giving jockey Florent Geroux his third win on the card.
Positioned closer to the pace than he usually is, Beach Patrol tracked the pace smartly from third while three-wide and in the clear going under Geroux, never more than three lengths off the leaders. Scissors and Tape jumped out of the gates to lead the field, pressured lightly by Long Island Sound through fractions of :24.59, :48.31, and 1:12.76. Geroux kept Beach Patrol very relaxed while attending the pace, and had the colt in a perfect position to make his move around the far turn.
Long Island Sound took over the lead at the top of the lane, but Beach Patrol was quickly right alongside. It looked as though Beach Patrol would go right by his rival, but Long Island Sound battled back gamely along the rail. Dueling all the way down the stretch, Beach Patrol was just able to keep his head in front of Long Island Sound at the wire. Up for third was American Patriot, while One Mean Man nailed down fourth in a photo.
Bred in Kentucky by Nancy Shuford, Beach Patrol was originally a $ 250,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase. Transferred to Chad Brown’s stable after a private purchase in May, the first start with the colt was disappointing as he finished sixth in the G3 Penn Mile behind Catch A Glimpse. Brown said that the partners were patient with him, and that patience was rewarded today with the colt’s first graded stakes victory. Beach Patrol improved his overall record to 3-2-2 from eight starts, with earnings of over $ 530,000.
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