Irad Ortiz Jr. rides Robert Bruce to Arlington Million win

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

Birthday boy Irad Ortiz Jr. patiently guided the 4-year-old son of Fast Company wide into the stretch and the horse exploded at a very game attempt. As he scored with Beach Patrol in 2017 trainer Chad Brown boasts wins. For Robert Bruce, it was his first triumph at the U.S. and that 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 that was labeled as company and got 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 wide throughout and was carried out at the break by Robert Bruce. He stalked the leaders but never looked comfortable over the road and has been pulled up in the stretch by Jose Ortiz.
The race was never finished by oscar Performance and walked to the horse to be appraised. The track vet said there was no initial indication of distress or lameness and the horse had been removed the trail in the automobile as a precaution.
The pace was set by century Dream and ran a wonderful race but was somewhat erratic in the lane and was disqualified from place and put back into fourth for interference. Calco En Die was moved up to third.
This was a great ride by Ortiz. In his last outing at Belmont, Robert Bruce was filled in the stretch but lacked the area to get a fantastic bid and the colt suffered his first loss. Irad Ortiz Jr. made sure that would not happen now and took his horse ten trails broad for a clear run.
Almanzar, who’s also trained by Chad Brown, is going to be a customer in his next outing and actually ran a game second. The unbelievable trainer continues to show his dominance on the turf and just.

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