Making his United States debut, English-bred Treasure Beach gamely held off fellow European invader Ziyarid to post a neck victory in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds Aug. 13 at Arlington Park (VIDEO).
Winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Ire-I) in June, Treasure Beach led a one-two European finish in the 1 1/4-mile Secretariat , as he followed Ziyarid around for more than a mile before finally drawing on even terms at the top of the lane. The two rivals dueled for the length of the Arlington stretch before Treasure Beach edged in front late to grab the narrow victory.
Colm O’Donoghue flew in from Europe to ride Treasure Beach, a son of Galileo, out of the Mark of Esteem mare Honorine. The dark bay/brown colt is trained by Aidan O’Brien, who won this event for the first time since 2000 when he sent out Ciro. Two races later, O'Brien would saddle Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner Cape Blanco.
Treasure Beach is owned by Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, and Michael Tabor, who also own Cape Blanco in partnership.
Treasure Beach was bred in England by Ashley House Stud.
Ziyarid, entering off a group III victory in France and on a three-race win streak, broke sharply under Christophe Lemaire and took the field of nine sophomore turf runners through splits of :25.43, :50.09, 1:14.64, and 1:39.92. Treasure Beach pressed the pace the whole way, with Suntracer
also giving chase.
Ziyarid was pinned along the rail during the stretch drive but was determined to make Treasure Beach work for it. He gamely continued his narrow advantage until inside the sixteenth-pole, when Treasure Beach finally edged in front and was all out to earn the win. Ziyarid was 1 1/2 lengths in front of third-place Banned. Willcox Inn
The final time for 10 furlongs on the yielding turf course was 2:03.91.
“He wasn’t doing much," O'Donoghue said. "He was finding it quite easy in the homestretch. He just kept plugging on for me. He’s very adaptable and can go on any ground.”
Treasure Beach, a two-time winner as a juvenile, began his campaign with a victory in the group III MBNA Chester Vase at Chester. He was 25-1 when missing the Investec Epsom Derby (Eng-I) by a head on June 4 and three weeks later became a classic winner when capturing the Irish Derby by three parts of a length. Last out, Treasure Beach finished fourth in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-I) July 14 at Longchamp. The colt arrived in Chicago just a couple of days before the Secretariat.
Improving to 5-3-1 from 10 lifetime starts, Treasure Beach has now earned $1,869,695.
Sent off as the 3-2 favorite, the winner paid $5, $3.80, and $2.40. The exacta (3-2) returned $29 and the trifecta (3-2-7) was worth $58.30 for $1.