Irad Ortiz Jr. rides Robert Bruce to Arlington Million win

Robert Bruce came charging from the back of the pack to beat Almanaar with a half-length in the 36th running of the Arlington Million on Saturday.

Birthday boy Irad Ortiz Jr. patiently directed the 4-year-old son of Fast Company wide to the stretch and also the horse exploded at a very game effort. Trainer Chad Brown boasts back-to-back wins since he scored with Beach Patrol in 2017. For Robert Bruce, it was his first triumph in the U.S. and he becomes the first Chilian-bred to win the Arlington Million.
Sent off as the 5/2 second option in wagering, Robert Bruce covered the 1-1/4 mile over the sod in 2:02.29 within a course which was tagged as company and earned himself a trip to the Breeders Cup Longines Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3 by doing so.
The 9/5 favorite, oscar Performance, raced and was carried out in the rest by Robert Bruce. He stalked Jose Ortiz but never looked comfortable over the route and pulled up in the stretch the leaders.
Oscar Performance never finished the race and walked to the horse on his own capability for a ride back into the stable to be appraised. The track vet stated there was no sign of distress or lameness and the horse was being taken off the trail from the vehicle.
Century Dream ran a wonderful race but was a bit inconsistent in the lane and has been disqualified from position and put back to fourth for interference and set the early pace. Calco En Die was transferred to third party.
This was a great ride by Ortiz. In his last outing at Belmont, Robert Bruce was filled at the stretch but lacked the room to get a bid and the colt suffered his first loss. Irad Ortiz Jr. made sure that wouldn’t happen now and took his horse ten paths broad to get a clear run.
Almanzar, who’s also coached by Chad Brown, is going to be a tough client in his next outing and actually ran a game next. The coach proceeds to demonstrate his dominance over the turf and just.

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