In just his second American start, Adelaide took to the Arlington International turf and grabbed a victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday afternoon.
Tourist broke sharply and waltzed to an uncontested lead, but was overtaken by Adelaide in deep stretch. Sheldon was third; Global View finished fourth.
The final time was 2:02.31 for ten furlongs.
Owned by the Coolmore partnership of Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor, and Mrs. John Magnier, Adelaide was a Group 3 winner in Europe before journeying to the United States for the Belmont Derby on July 5, in which he finished second to Mr Speaker. Aidan O'Brien was the winning trainer; Ryan Moore was in the irons.
“He's the best horse in the race going into it; just thought we would keep it simple,” said Moore after the race. “The horse on the lead was getting a bit of a soft hand, so didn't want to move up too early. Adelaide just had more class than the field and got the job done. He's run in France, Ireland, England, America, and America again.”
Adelaide is a 3-year-old son of leading sire Galileo and out of Elletelle, by Elnadim. He was bred in Ireland by his owners.
The horse is set to go to Melbourne for the Cox Plate next, according to writer Adrian Dunn on Twitter. O'Brien will continue to train, then Chris Waller will take over once the horse gets to Australia.
“He ran well,” said Joel Rosario, who rode second-place finisher Tourist. “I had to move a little early and the horse that won the race [Adelaide] was there with me and he got me. It was his [Tourist's] first time going a mile and a quarter and he did well. I'd love to ride him back, for sure.”
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