Kicking off the Grade 1 stakes trio at Arlington is the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (G1), a 1 1/4 mile trip over the turf for 3-year-olds. Paddy O'Prado was sent off as the 1-2 favorite in the field of 6, off two straight wins over the Colonial Downs turf, in the Colonial Turf Cup (G2) and the Virginia Derby (G2). In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Wigmore Hall, in from England where he won the John Smiths Cup at York and then the Newmarket Nights Conditions Stakes at Newmarket, and 4-1 third choice and locally based Workin for Hops, winner of the American Derby (G2) at Arlington after finishing second in the Colonial Turf Cup.
Jockey Julio Felix sent Cherokee Lord to the lead first time past the stands and he set slow fractions of 25.80, 51.78, and 1:16.94 while being stalked by Workin for Hops second. Kent Desormeaux kept favorite Paddy O'Prado in third 3 lengths off the pace. Entering the stretch, Cherokee Lord and Workin for Hops continued to battle for the lead to the 1/8 pole, through a mile in 1:41.52, but Paddy O'Prado, out three wide for room, accelerated in the stretch and easily passed the pacesetters at the 1/16 pole to win by 1 1/4 lengths over late-running Wigmore Hall in 2:04.71 over good turf. It was another 3/4 lengths back to Workin for Hops third.