Odds-on favourite Bricks And Mortar struck late to claim the 1m2f Arlington Million and give trainer Chad Brown a clean sweep of the three Grade 1 races on the card at Arlington Park on Saturday.
The son of Giant’s Causeway, who recorded his fourth Grade 1 success of 2019, had to wait until the closing stages to make his move after the Aidan O’Brien-trained filly Magic Wand was sent for home by Wayne Lordan two furlongs from home.
However, the daughter of Galileo would eventually prove no match for the strapping five-year-old, who confirmed the form of the pair’s previous meeting in the Pegasus World Cup Turf in January under Irad Ortiz Jnr.
Hunting Horn, also trained by O’Brien, finished a well-beaten eighth of nine.
Seth Klarman, co-owner of Bricks And Mortar and co-recipient of the near £500,000 first prize, said: “He’s an amazing horse. Chad got him ready off a long layoff to do what he’s done. Chad and his staff have just done a remarkable job. It’s been an amazing experience.
“I think there’s a chance [he wins Horse of the Year]. I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I do think this helps the turf division as a whole, though. I hope so.”
Another near miss for O’Brien
The second of the Grade 1s on the 12-race card, the Secretariat Stakes over a mile, saw the Brown-trained Valid Point get the better of Coolmore’s Van Beethoven by a length in a battle of two sons of Scat Daddy.
Unraced at two, Valid Point was making just his second career start after having broken his maiden on debut at Belmont Park in June.
After the race, Brown said: “Thanks to Mike Ryan and Bob Edwards [owners]. The horse got hurt at two and we couldn’t run him, but they gave him back to me in excellent shape.”
Van Beethoven performed admirably on his first start in North America, and jockey Lordan said: “He ran well. I would have liked to have ridden him a bit more forward, but we got away a little bit slow, but we ran a very good race.”
Sistercharlie makes it two in the Beverly D
Brown’s afternoon got off to the best possible start when five-year-old Sistercharlie recorded a new course record en route to a second successive victory in the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes.
The daughter of Myboycharlie is now unbeaten in her last five starts – all Grade 1s – and could now be aimed at the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita in November.
Owner Peter Brant said: “It’s such an honour, she tries her heart out. We’d like to go to the Flower Bowl and then the Breeders’ Cup.
“I’d like to run against Enable. It would be great for the sport.”
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