"Super fortunate. Really a great day". Horses partially owned by Sheep Pond won the two biggest races at Arlington Park near Chicago on Saturday - the Grade 1 Arlington Million with Beach Patrol and the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes with Dacita. "We were thrilled to get him back to a track he loved".
Beach Patrol hadn't won since last year's Secretariat 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. Deauville, the 4-1 favorite from Ireland, took third on the 1 1/4-mile firm turf course. Beach Patrol entered the race with 6-1 odds.
"I have enormous respect for those two races, as did my mentor Robert Frankel", Brown said. Oak Brook held a lead but was overtaken late and finished sixth.
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.
Oscar Performance, ridden by Jose Ortiz, won the Secretariat Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths, followed by Taj Mahal and Afandem.
The race was overshadowed by an injury to Permian, a colt who broke down at the end of the race and unseated jockey William Buick.
Race officials said Buick was in stable condition after the race but complaining of back pain.