BreederNancy C. Shuford
SireLemon Drop Kid
For racing partners, who focus mostly on turf runners, winning the Arlington Million with Beach Patrol was a major thrill, made even better by having already won the Beverly D. Stakes earlier on the card with female grass runner Dacita. Now, Beach Patrol looks to provide the partners with an even greater achievement by winning his third straight Grade 1 of the year in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Beach Patrol, owned by Sheep Pond Partners, James Covello and Head of Plains Partners, posted a half-length win in the Arlington Million to earn an automatic berth in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.
“To beat those Europeans in the Million, you saw the guts that Beach Patrol has,” Sheep Pond Partners Jay Hanley said. “He always showed it, but kept falling short. He always tries and he’s typically doing all the hard work in a race. In the Million, he finally got a good trip and had things his way.”
The son of 1999 Belmont Stakes winner and three-time Breeders’ Cup participant Lemon Drop Kid once again proved to be among the top turf runners with his Sept. 30 victory in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes, in which he dominated a field of 11 by five lengths.
Under the care of top trainer Chad Brown, Beach Patrol heads into the Breeders’ Cup Turf in the best form of his career. Prior to the Million, Beach Patrol hadn’t reached the winner’s circle since the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington one year earlier, but he certainly hadn’t backed down from facing the toughest of competition. During that winless span, he had finished second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby, second in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes and third in the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes.
|No Replay Available||December 03, 2016||Hollywood Derby||DEL MAR||1||2|
|No Replay Available||October 08, 2016||Hill Prince S.||BELMONT PARK||3||2|
|No Replay Available||August 13, 2016||Secretariat S.||ARLINGTON||1||1|
|No Replay Available||July 09, 2016||Belmont Derby Invitational S.||BELMONT PARK||1||3|
|No Replay Available||June 04, 2016||Penn Mile S.||PENN NATIONAL||3||6|
|No Replay Available||May 07, 2016||American Turf S.||CHURCHILL DOWNS||2||2|
|No Replay Available||April 03, 2016||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
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|No Replay Available||November 26, 2015||FAIR GROUNDS||3|