Beach Patrol confirmed his superiority over Long Island Sound in a protracted home stretch battle for the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes over 1 ¼ miles at Arlington Park tonight.
Nine horses went to post here, with Long Island Sound bidding to give trained Aidan O’Brien a third consecutive victory in the race following Adelaide and Highland Reel.
Long Island Sound was a little fractious going into the stalls but as the gates opened broke well from the outside.
However, it was Scissors And Tape and American Patriot who broke best, with the former leading at the first turn from Long Island Sound and Beach Patrol, and then came One Mean Man.
Racing down the back, Scissors And Tape continued to lead Long Island Sound and Beach patrol, with One Mean Man fourth and then American Patriot, trapped to the inside.
At the top of the stretch, Long Island Sound went on with Beach Patrol to his outside.
This pair settled down to fight out the finish, but Beach Patrol and Florent Geroux always had the upper hand and got up by roughly ¼ of a length from Long Island Sound, with American Patriot staying on for third and then Oscar Nominated.
Beach Patrol had finished ahead of Long Island Sound in the Belmont Derby last month and was giving trained Chad Brown a first victory in the Secretariat Stakes and a third winner on the card for Geroux.
The jockey, who had earlier won the American St Leger on Da Big Hoss, told NBC: ” When I asked him to go he was great.
“The horse inside me wasn’t giving up but he showed a lot of heart.”