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Owned by James Covello, Sheep Pond Partners and Head of Plains Partners, Beach Patrol went a year between victories while racing well against the best horses in the country. But he now in successive races has won the Midwest and the East Coast’s pre-eminent longer-distance grass stakes, also taking last month’s Arlington Million over the same course where as a 3-year-old he won the Grade 1 Secretariat on Arlington Park’s Million Day.
Ridden by Joel Rosario for trainer Chad Brown, Beach Patrol settled into pouncing distance behind 147-1 shot Converge before taking over heading into the far turn. He out-kicked Fanciful Angel and the accomplished 3-year-old Oscar Performance to draw off in the stretch while covering 1 1/2 miles on the Widener turf in 2:26.29, earning a career-best Bris speed figure of 111. Beach Patrol paid $12 to win as the fourth choice in the field of 11.
Though the Joe Hirsch is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race, Beach Patrol had already earned a travel stipend and fees-paid spot in the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf Nov. 4 at Del Mar as the Arlington Million victor.
Beach Patrol went the last quarter-mile in 22.85 seconds on turf listed as firm. He now is 5-5-3 in 16 starts, earning $1,756,945, including more than $1 million this year. Beach Patrol also has three seconds and a pair of thirds against Grade 1 competition.
“He really is one of the most consistent horses I’ve had in training,” Brown said. “He was very unlucky in some spots, and Joel has fit him very well.
“He handled a little cut in the ground from some of the rain we had, but he’s not a horse that’s ever shown me that he needs it. If anything, he’s a firm-ground horse, so I’m not too worried about how he’ll handle the track out there,” the trainer added in reference to the Breeders’ Cup. “I’d be more concerned about the competition. He’s earned a place in the race for sure, and he’s formidable.”
Beach Patrol is a son of the Lane’s End stallion Lemon Drop Kid, who is represented by seven yearlings in Fasig-Tipton’s Oct. 23-26 sale in Lexington. Bred in Kentucky by Nancy Shuford, the Joe Hirsch winner is out of the Quiet American mare Bashful Bertie, who was winless in four starts but is a full sister to multiple graded-stakes winner Allamerican Bertie and out of the same mare (Clever Bertie) as multiple graded-stakes winner Hurricane Bertie. Farther back in the family are Grade I winners Traitor and Peeping Tom, along with major winners Sun King and Ocean Drive.
The Turf Horse of the Month award recognizes outstanding grass performers and is sponsored by the internationally prominent Fasig-Tipton sales company. Brown also trains Lady Eli, July’s Turf Horse of the Month.
Source: TurfTalk360.com/Jennie Rees