E Five Racing and Michael J Ryan’s Valid Point came home first in 2019’s version of the Grade I Secretariat Stakes at Arlington International Racecourse on International of Festival Racing Day, which included three Grade I’s, all of which were won by Chad Brown.
The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy was making only his third start of his young career, and remains undefeated with his win at Arlington Saturday. Valid Point sat at the back of the pack early galloping along while pace setter The Last Zip set fractions early of :24.14, and :47.68. Turning for home, Valid Point had worked his way up and was in range of The Last Zip and Crafty Daddy before powering past the two for a one length victory.
“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.”
For Valid Point, his win in the Grade I Secretariat kept his undefeated record intact. He paid $7.20 to win, $4.60 to place, and $4.00 to show
The Aiden O’Brien trained Van Beethoven put in a solid second place finish in his first start in North America,
“I ran well,” said rider Wayne Lordan. “I would have liked to have ridden him a bit more forward, but we got away a little bit slow. We ran a very good race.”
The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy paid $19.20 to place, and $9.20 to show.
The Last Zip was third, and paid $7.40 to show.
Rounding out the field was Clint Maroon, Never No More, Ry’s The Guy, Fog of War, Faraway Kitten, and Crafty Daddy.