Archwarrior, Much Hyped 2-Year-Old Colt, Wins Debut

Melissa Bauer-HerzogCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Trainer Todd Pletcher watches his Preakness horse Dance City go over the track at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The 136th running of the Preakness Stakes will take place on May 21. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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In a Saratoga meet that has Todd Pletcher leading the standings by money won and total wins, Pletcher sent out another talented two-year-old on August 30 by the name of Archwarrior. One of the most hyped two-year-olds of the year after going 10.2 seconds at the Under Tack show at the March Ocala Two-Year-Old Sales. The days leading up to Archwarrior's debut were covered by multiple industry publications.

Archwarrior has had bad luck getting into a race this meet, first being scratched due to a sloppy track August 11 and then suffering also-eligible luck on August 25. However, the colt came into his August 30 maiden race in good shape, publishing three bullets in the last 60 days on his way to the races. Most recently, he hit the track for four furlongs in 48.37 on August 26, the 11th fastest at that distance.

Before the race, Pletcher told the Daily Racing Form that the colt was a pretty easy horse to train.

“He’s been very straightforward,” Pletcher said. “For a big horse bred to go a route of ground, he’s got tactical speed. He’s done some things in the morning you don’t normally see two-year-olds do.”

The colt ran the six furlong race in 1:10.07 for a 3 1/4 length victory.

Archwarrior broke well and sat in third during the early stages of the race about a length behind the second place horse. However, he quickly made his way to the front after a 22.3 quarter mile, sitting off race leader Transparent. Around the turn, Archwarrior made his way up to challenge Transparent where the two spent a brief time battling, running the half in 45.09.

The colt passed Transparent in midstretch and lived up to his impressive billing by pulling away to win by daylight with jockey Johnny Velazquez keeping the colt focused during the stretch run.

Malachite passed Transparent a few strides from the 1/16 pole to secure himself second by 3 1/2 lengths. The third place spot was decided on a photo between Unlikely Scenario and Transparent with Unlikely Scenario coming out on top.

The colt went off at 1-4 odds after being hyped up in the days before the race with articles in the Daily Racing Form and Equibase in addition to multiple tweets about the horse on Twitter. Archwarrior is by Arch and out of the stakes placed mare Winner’s Edge by Seeking the Gold. He sold for $375,000 at the Ocala Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in March.

Archwarrior's cross of Arch out of a Seeking the Gold mare is the same cross as 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Blame.

Saratoga’s summer meeting ends on Monday, highlighted by the Grade One Hopeful Stakes for two-year-old colts.