Source: TDN, August

‘TDN Rising Star’ Beach Patrol (Lemon Drop Kid) became the first horse since Marlin (Sword Dance {Ire}) in 1996 and 1997 to win the GI Secretariat S. and GI Arlington Million in consecutive years, sitting a pace-pressing trip beneath Joel Rosario and staving off a late bid from 73-1 Fanciful Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) to annex America’s original seven-figure race by a half-length. Favored Deauville (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who sidestepped a possible matchup with Beach Patrol in last year’s Secretariat and was instead a game third against his elders in this race, could not capitalize on an ideal trip and rounded out the trifecta for the second straight year.

It was a stakes double for Head of Plains Partners’ LLC Sol Kumin, who also races GI Beverly D. S. winner Dacita (Chi) (Scat Daddy) in partnership.

“This was the spot and the race we’ve been waiting for a year,” said Kumin, who campaigns Beach Patrol with Jim Covello and Sheep Pond Partners. “He loves it here, Joel gave us a great ride, obviously Chad and his team had the horse ready and we’re super happy. It’s funny I’ve seen the trophy and Chad always talked about this is the best trophy in horse racing. It doesn’t get much better than this.”

Brown, who saddled Real Solution (Kitten’s Joy) to win the 2013 Million via DQ, joins his mentor Bobby Frankel–among others–as two-time winners of the race.

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