Irad Ortiz Jr. rides Robert Bruce to Arlington Million win

Robert Bruce came charging out of the back of the pack to Conquer on Almanaar with a half-length in the running of the Arlington Million.

Birthday boy Irad Ortiz Jr. patiently directed the 4-year-old son of Fast Company wide into the stretch and the horse exploded in a very game attempt. As he scored with Beach Patrol trainer Chad Brown boasts back-to-back wins in the million dollar race. For Robert Bruce, it was his first win at the U.S. and that he becomes the initial Chilian-bred to acquire the Arlington Million.
Sent off as the 5/2 second choice in wagering, Robert Bruce covered the 1-1/4 mile on the sod in 2:02.29 over 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 this.
Robert Bruce, carryed out wide in the rest the 9/5 favorite, oscar Performance and raced wide throughout. He stalked the leaders but never seemed comfortable over the route and was pulled up at the stretch by Jose Ortiz.
Oscar Performance walked on his own power for a ride back to the stable into the horse ambulance to be evaluated and never finished the race. The track vet stated there was no sign of lameness or distress and the horse had been taken off the track from the vehicle as a precaution.
The early pace was set by century Fantasy and ran a wonderful race but was a bit inconsistent in the lane and was disqualified from position and return into fourth for interference. Calco En Die was moved up to third.
This was a excellent ride by Ortiz. In his last outing at Belmont, Robert Bruce was loaded at the stretch but lacked the room for a good bid and the colt suffered his first loss. Irad Ortiz Jr. made sure that wouldn’t happen today and took his horse ten paths broad to get a clear run.
Almanzar, who’s also trained by Chad Brown, actually ran a game next and is going to be a tough customer in his next excursion. The trainer proceeds to show his dominance over the turf and just.

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