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Highland Reel Wins Gr1 Secretariat Stakes
At Arlington Park in the US, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated a Gr1 success when 3YO Irish-bred colt Highland Reel (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) scored a brilliant 5.25-length win for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the US$450,000 Gr1 Secretariat Stakes (10 furlongs) for 3YOs, over 3YO US-bred colts Closing Bell (Tapit-Rehear, by Coronado's Quest) & Force The Pass (Speightstown-Social Queen, by Dynaformer). This was the first Gr1 victory for Highland Reel who took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Vintage Stakes & Gr3 Gordon Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Prix du Jockey Club) from 8 starts. By Coolmore's champion sire Galileo, Highland Reel is out of the Gr1-placed Australian mare Hveger (Danehill), a full-sister to multiple Gr1 winner Elvstroem and a half-sister to fellow multiple Gr1 scorer Haradasun from Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold. This is also the family of sub-fertile but brilliant young sire Starspangledbanner and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success. Highland Reel could now follow a similar path as last year's Secretariat winner Adelaide and be aimed at October's Gr1 Cox Plate in Australia.