Potential Cox Plate Runners Perform Well at Arlington
Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien brought his potential Cox Plate contender Long Island Sound to Arlington Park racecourse just outside Chicago to run in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes in hopes of a third consecutive win in the race that has proven predictor of Cox Plate success the previous two years, this time running second.
O’Brien won in 2014 and 2015 with Adelaide and Highland Reel, both of which then won the Cox Plate.
Long Island Sound was in the front for a brief span coming down the home straight before being worn down and caught by winner Beach Patrol.
It was a far better result for Beach Patrol this time out, his previous race resulting in a sixth in the Belmont Derby.
Later, in the same meeting, another O’Brien prepared horse, Deauville, ran the Grade 1 Arlington Million and ran close third to Mondialiste and Kasaqui.
The Goldolphin horse Tryster also tried the Arlington Million, but finished eighth out of 11 entries.
Long Island Sound, Deauville and Tryster are just three of 22 potential international entries for the Cox Plate on October 22.
The races at Arlington were comparable in distance to the Cox Plate and were run on turf, rather than dirt.