TRIPLE B FARM’S SHAMDINAN (Fr) benefited from a well-timed ride by Julien Leparoux and scored a convincing victory in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (G1) at Arlington Park.

The three-year-old Dr Fong colt, making his first start in the United States for trainer Doug O’Neill, stayed well off the early pace in the 1 ¼-mile turf contest as Edward P. Evans’ Virginia-bred Pleasant Strike led the way for the first mile.

As the closers began to take control, Virginia Derby (G2) winner Red Giant emerged from the pack to take a clear lead in early stretch and seemed destined for victory. But Shamdinan, positioned clear of traffic on the outside by Leparoux, steadily closed ground down the lane, collared Red Giant inside the sixteenth pole, and pulled away for a half-length length victory in 2:04.02 over turf rated as good.

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