Michael Ryan and 3 Five Racing Thoroughbreds' Valid Point made it another Grade 1 win for trainer Chad Brown on the Arlington Million undercard when he stormed home to win the G1 Secretariat by a length. One race earlier, Brown sent out Sistercharlie for a repeat in the G1 Beverly D. Valid Point ($7.00), a 3-year-old Scat Daddy colt, was ridden by jockey Javier Castellano to complete a mile over the firm turf in 1:35.50.
“I really like the way he felt today,” said winning rider Javier Castellano. “I let the horse be himself and relax going into the first turn and get into a nice rhythm. The way he finished was impressive to me. When I picked him up he responded right away and I think he's going to be a really nice horse.”
The Last Zip and Crafty Daddy dueled through early fractions of :24.14 and :47.68, while Valid Point was second-last down the backstretch in a relatively well-bunched group of sophomores. Rounding the far turn, The Last Zip and Crafty Daddy continued to battle and were stretching for the the wire together.
Valid Point and Van Beethoven were both closing well, however, and Valid Point kicked clear in the final sixteenth to win by a length. Van Beethoven ran on late to score second, while The Last Zip managed to hold third over Crafty Daddy.
Bred in Kentucky by Westwind Farms, Valid Point is out of the Buddha mare Goldbud. Valid Point broke his maiden on debut and won an allowance race at Belmont Park before stepping into graded stakes company for the first time. The Secretariat is his third win from as many starts, and boosts his career earnings to over $370,000.
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