Arlington Million Day in Photos: Beach Patrol Returns

Arlington Million Day in Photos: Beach Patrol Returns
Photo: Heidi Carpenter

The 35th running of the Arlington Million at Arlington Park promised sunny skies with few clouds. In reality the drifting clouds were large enough to block out the sun for minutes at a time, making photography a bit more challenging.

The presence of a very special guest added light to the day, however. The Cubs World Series Trophy was on display before and during the singing of the National Anthem.

United States Marines await the National Anthem.

The Cubs World Series trophy is displayed alongside the Arlington Million trophy during the National Anthem.

The first stakes of the day, the Secretariat Stakes (G1), 1-¼ miles on the turf for three-year-olds, went to Oscar Performance and Jose Ortiz. The race was marred by the breakdown of Permian (IRE), who was gravely injured just after the finish line, with jockey William Buick hitting the track hard.

Champion jockey Frankie Dettori smiles aboard Afandem (FR) before finishing third in the Secretariat Stakes (G1).

Permian (IRE) and William Buick are taken around the walking ring prior to the Secretariat Stakes (G1).

Oscar Performance and Jose Ortiz warm up in the post parade prior to the Secretariat Stakes (G1).

Sonic Boom and Julien Leparoux lead early in the Secretariat Stakes (G1).

Oscar Performance and Jose Ortiz win the Secretariat Stakes (G1) over Taj Mahal (IRE) and Ryan Moore. 

Oscar Performance and Jose Ortiz win the Secretariat Stakes (G1).

The listed Bruce D. Memorial Stakes, 1 mile on the all-weather-track for three-year-olds, was a bit of a breather after the Secretariat Stakes. Miguel Mena rode Harmac, a homebred gelding by Langfuhr, to an easy 1-¾ length win.

Miguel Mena and Harmac win the Bruce D. Memorial Stakes.

The marathon American St. Leger Stakes (G3), 1-11/16th miles on the turf for three-year-olds and up, was won by five-year-old Harlan’s Holiday gelding Postulation. Under the guidance of Jorge Vargas, Jr., Postulation hugged the rail and sat well off the pace before sailing clear to win by 2-¼ lengths.

The fuzzy-eared Tobias is walked in the paddock prior to the American St. Leger Stakes (G3).

Jockeys enter the paddock for the American St. Leger Stakes (G3).

Eventual second-place finisher Taghleeb is taken around the walking ring prior to the American St. Leger Stakes (G3).

Postulation and Jorge Vargas, Jr. are walked prior to the American St. Leger Stakes (G3).

Crewman and Florent Geroux lead early in the American St. Leger Stakes (G3).

Postulation and Jorge Vargas, Jr. win the American St. Leger Stakes (G3).

Postulation and Jorge Vargas, Jr. pose in the winner's circle after winning the American St. Leger Stakes (G3).

Multiple graded stakes winner Dacita (CHI) added the prestigious Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes to her resume. Run at 1-3/16 miles on the turf for fillies and mares aged three and up, the Beverly D. was the Chad Brown trainee’s first win since the July 2016 Diana Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. Regular rider Irad Ortiz, Jr., rode. Modesty Handicap (G3) winner Dona Bruja (ARG) dead-heated for second with Grand Jete (GB), followed by Rainha Da Bateria.

Dona Bruja (ARG) is walked in the paddock prior to the Beverly D. Stakes (G1).

Rain Goddess (IRE) is walked in the paddock prior to the Beverly D. Stakes (G1).

Sarandia (GER) is taken around the walking ring prior to the Beverly D. Stakes (G1).

Ryan Moore, jockey of Rain Goddess (IRE), watches the horses carefully as they go around the walking ring prior to the Beverly D. Stakes (G1).

Zipessa and Frankie Dettori lead early in the Beverly D. Stakes (G1).

Dacita (CHI) and Irad Ortiz, Jr. hold off Dona Bruja (ARG) and Declan Cannon at the finish of the Beverly D. Stakes (G1).

Dacita (CHI) and Irad Ortiz, Jr. win the Beverly D. Stakes (G1).

Irad Ortiz, Jr. raises a fist in victory after winning the Beverly D. Stakes (G1) aboard Dacita (CHI).

Beach Patrol certainly finds the Arlington Park turf appealing. Winner of the 2016 Secretariat Stakes, the Lemon Drop Kid colt captured the 35th Arlington Million Stakes (G1) under an expert ride from Joel Rosario. The Chad Brown trainee last finished third in the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park. Fanciful Angel (IRE) and Deauville (IRE) finished second and third, respectively.

Eventual second place finisher Fanciful Angel (IRE) is walked in the paddock prior to the Arlington Million Stakes (G1).

The jockeys enter the paddock for the Arlington Million Stakes (G1).

Local favorite Kasaqui (ARG) is taken around the walking ring prior to the Arlington Million Stakes (G1).

Beach Patrol is taken around the walking ring prior to the Arlington Million Stakes (G1).

Divisidero is taken around the walking ring prior to the Arlington Million Stakes (G1).

Oak Brook (no. 1) and Santo Sanjur lead early in the Arlington Million Stakes (G1).

Beach Patrol and Joel Rosario take the lead in the Arlington Million Stakes (G1).

Beach Patrol and Joel Rosario win the Arlington Million Stakes (G1).

Beach Patrol and Joel Rosario win the Arlington Million Stakes (G1).

Beach Patrol and Joel Rosario after winning the Arlington Million Stakes (G1).

Miguel Mena’s near-faultless ride in the Pucker Up Stakes (G3,) 1-1/8 miles on  turf for three-year-old fillies, gave Blame filly Fault her first graded stakes win.

Royalty Princess and Edgar Perez lead early in the Pucker Up Stakes (G3).

Fault and Miguel Mena win the Pucker Up Stakes (G3).

The Arlington Park grandstand is always a sight to behold, but especially so in the late afternoon light.

 Meet Heidi Carpenter

 

An equestrian since 1986, Heidi has loved horses for as long as she can remember. She fell in love with the sport and history of Thoroughbred racing as a young girl after reading about the great champions of yesteryear, including Man o' War, Lexington, Equipoise, and Citation.

Heidi has a great interest in the stories, connections and images abound in Thoroughbred racing. She also enjoys studying pedigrees and racing history.

Heidi lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband (who is also a racing fan) and four cats, and has her beloved horse, Limerick, boarded nearby. Registered as Amanda Bry, Limerick is a 1991-model OTTB mare that Heidi has had since 1996. Heidi also runs Racing Reviewer.

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