Beach Patrol gallops ahead of the Breeders' Cup Turf at Del Mar

Beach Patrol gallops ahead of the Breeders' Cup Turf at Del Mar

Dave Harmon

Deep Field Awaits Beach Patrol in Manhattan

Chad Brown aims for a fifth Manhattan win in seven years.

After opening his season with a runner-up finish in the Old Forester Turf Classic Stakes (G1T) May 5 on the Churchill Downs turf, Beach Patrol figures to build off that effort when he starts in the $1 million Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes (G1T) June 9 at Belmont Park.

Besides the benefit of having a start under his belt, James Covello, Sheep Pond Partners, Head of Plains Partners, and Al Shahania Stud's Beach Patrol should also like stretching out in distance in the 1 1/4-mile Manhattan on the inner turf. Beach Patrol closed out 2017 with a victory in the 1 1/4-mile Arlington Million XXXV Stakes (G1T), a win in the 1 1/2-mile Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes (G1T), and a runner-up finish in the 1 1/2-mile Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T).

A 5-year-old son of Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Lemon Drop Kid , Beach Patrol will look to improve on his fourth-place finish in last year's Manhattan.

Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown will try for his fifth Manhattan win in seven years with Beach Patrol—the 5-2 morning-line favorite—as well as 3-1 second choice Robert Bruce, who enters off a win in the Fort Marcy Stakes (G3T) May 5 on the Belmont inner turf. That effort marked the North American debut for Convento Viejo's Robert Bruce, a four-time group 1 winner in Chile.

"They're both doing well," Brown said. "Beach Patrol looks to be more forwardly placed, while Robert Bruce comes from off the pace."

Awaiting that formidable duo is Argentine Triple Crown winner Hi Happy, who will aim for a third straight victory. La Providencia's Hi Happy returns to the Belmont inner turf where he won the Man o' War Stakes (G1T) May 12, a score that followed his 2 3/4-length victory in the Pan American Stakes (G2T) on the Gulfstream Park turf.

Todd Pletcher will saddle Hi Happy for the fourth time Saturday.

"He's a horse that performs well, very straightforward and easy to train," said Pletcher, who is seeking his first Manhattan win. "When you are fortunate enough to get the opportunity to train a ready-made horse, it makes your job so easy. You just try to keep them sound and healthy and point them in the right direction."

Also back from the Man o' War are runner-up Sadler's Joy, who finished third in last year's Manhattan, and One Go All Go, who won the Dixiana Elkorn Stakes (G2T) at Keeneland this year and figures to set the early pace from post 2.

Entries: Woodford Reserve Manhattan S. (G1T)

Belmont Park, Saturday, June 09, 2018, Race 10

  • Grade I
  • 1 1/4m
  • Inner turf
  • $1,000,000
  • 4 yo's & up
  • 5:40 PM (local)
11Robert Bruce (CHI)Tyler Gaffalione118Chad C. Brown3/1
22One Go All Go (VA)Keeneland Sales GraduateChris Landeros118Charles L. Dickey12/1
33Hi Happy (ARG)Luis Saez122Todd A. Pletcher7/2
44Alexios Komnenos (IRE)Florent Geroux116James A. Stack20/1
55Catcho En Die (ARG)Junior Alvarado114Naipaul Chatterpaul50/1
66Hello Don Julio (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKendrick Carmouche114Michael Dilger30/1
77Fashion Business (GB)Flavien Prat114Philip D'Amato30/1
88Sadler's Joy (KY)Javier Castellano124Thomas Albertrani8/1
99Channel Maker (ON)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose L. Ortiz122William I. Mott20/1
1010Beach Patrol (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoel Rosario124Chad C. Brown5/2
1111Manitoulin (KY)Mike E. Smith118James J. Toner20/1
1212Multiplier (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateVictor Espinoza118Peter Miller30/1
1313Spring Quality (PA)Edgar S. Prado118H. Graham Motion12/1