August 13, 2016
Source: TDN

After enduring a couple of tough-trip losses in two of his last three trips to the post, Beach Patrol was forced into a three-wide journey in Saturday’s GI Secretariat S. at Arlington Park, but outstayed Long Island Sound in the final three-sixteenths of a mile for the victory. Trainer Chad Brown was earning a maiden win in the event and in the process, Beach Patrol was denying trainer Aidan O’Brien and sire Galileo their third straight Secretariats following on wins by Adelaide (Ire) and Highland Reel (Ire) in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Placed in a pair of starts at the Fair Grounds for previous owners Gary and Mary West and trainer Wayne Catalano at the end of 2015, Beach Patrol graduated in his first run for the Phil D’Amato barn at Santa Anita Mar. 12 and earned the TDN Rising Star designation with a front-running victory in Arcadia Apr. 3. Outnodded by Camelot Kitten (Kitten’s Joy) to drop a head decision in the GII American Turf at Churchil May 7, he was acquired by these connections and was ultimately green-lighted for the GIII Penn Mile S. June 4, but faltered to be sixth at 7-5. Looking to regroup last time in the GI Belmont Derby, he bombed the break, forgoing a forward placing, raced deep on both turns and finished a brave third to the O’Brien-conditioned Deauville (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

Last to load in gate nine, Beach Patrol was away decently off the dogleg and advanced beneath Florent Geroux to attend the pace outside of longshot Scissors and Tape (Curlin) and Long Island Sound, but could get no closer than three from the fence. Allowing the top two to stretch a few lengths clear down the backside, Geroux eased Beach Patrol alongside Long Island Sound entering the turn and the stage was set. The pacesetter called it a day leaving the quarter-pole and the two market rivals hooked up thereafter, neither willing to give an inch, with Beach Patrol sticking his head across the line narrowly best. American Patriot, in the latter third of the field for the opening five panels, middle-moved to be just behind the pace entering the final 3 1/2 furlongs. Waited with from there, he punched through at the eighth pole and was gaining inches late before settling for third.

“Florent rode a beautiful race from a difficult post,” Brown commented. “The horse has been training really well. I want to thank [partners] Sol Kumin and James Covello, the other partners that put up the money to buy him–their patience. His first start didn’t go so well, they didn’t worry about it, they were in it for the long term and it paid off today.”

Click here for a Steve Sherack story on the private purchase of Beach Patrol.

Pedigree Notes:
Beach Patrol, a $250,000 Keeneland November weanling acquisition by the Wests, is kin to the multiple graded-stakes winning half-siblings Hurricane Bertie (Storm Boot) and Allamerican Bertie (Quiet American), the latter of whom is the dam of MSW Homerun Bertie (Forestry). This is also the female family of MGSW & MGISW Sun King (Charismatic) and the talented turf mare Ocean Drive (Belong to Me, MGSW & GISP). Bashful Bertie’s foal of 2015, a colt by Speightstown, was knocked down to Shadwell Stable for $400,000 as a weanling at last year’s Keeneland November sale. The mare was most recently bred back to Speightstown.

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