08/15/2013 7:42PM

Indiana sire Arromanches dies at age 20


Arromanches, sire of multiple Grade 2 winner Caixa Eletronica, died in his paddock Wednesday night at age 20.

The stakes-placed winning son of Relaunch last stood at Buckshot Stables in Liberty, Ind., for a private fee.

“I had him for close to 11 years, and it was really like losing an old friend,” said Ron Dafler, who co-owned Arromanches in a partnership and stood the horse at his farm. “He was a good old horse.”

Bred in Virginia by Burning Daylight Farms, Arromanches was a $120,000 purchase at the 1994 Keeneland September yearling sale. He was a hard-knocking competitor during his racing career, winning 31 of 78 starts over eight seasons of racing for earnings of $807,924.

His specialty was racing at six furlongs, where he earned a third place finish in the 1998 Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct.

Arromanches began his stallion career at Beau Ridge Farm in West Virginia, then was moved to Indiana in 2004 after being purchased by the five-person Arromanches Partnership. He sired nine crops, with 35 winners and combined progeny earnings of over $3.1 million.
“He’s been great to have around,” Dafler said. “He was great to stand. I hate to lose him.”

The sire’s most notable offspring by far has been Caixa Eletronica. Once a $62,500 claim by owner Mike Repole, the gritty Caixa Eletronica has gone on to win four graded stakes races, including the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic Stakes and the True North Handicap, both in 2012. Caixa Eletronica has earned $1,774,505.

“We were glad to see one of his babies do that well, and hopefully there will be another one that will do something close to that,” Dafler said. “He has several that will be running yet.”


James Drinkard More than 1 year ago
It saddens me to learn that not only Arromanches, but his most successful racing son, Caixa Eletronica, has passed away due to a really freak accident involving another horse at Belmont Park, just recently. As a one-time owner of Arromanches, I was thrilled to see one of his off-spring achieve so much success on the race track. And I became the proud former Arromanches owner who saw, in person, Caixa Eletronica win the 2012 True North Handicap, on the Belmont Stakes undercard. I owned Arromanches with a group of other investors for 15 races. Arromanches collected a check in 14 of 15 races. We claimed Arromanches in a 50K claiming race in December, 1997, as a 4 year old, and regrettably lost him in a 60K claiming race about 1 1/2 years later, at the age of 6. I continued to follow Arromanches' career until his retirement, at the age of 9. Arromanches was an extremely popular and hard knocking thoroughbred who always showed up on race day. And I was fortunate to taste victory twice with Arromanches during the 15 races that I owned him. Along with his two wins, Arromanches was an exacta machine and a in-the-money freak ! If you bet on Arromanches, you were cashing a ticket ! I'm quite sure all of Arromanches' owners made plenty of money with him I In just the first two races after claiming Arromanches in December, 1997, he earned 8K and 24K respectively ! While in the winners circle with my 80 year ole mother following Arromanches' 40K Allowance victory in the cold slop at Aqueduct, I attempted to give Arromanches a nice big stroke to his face and neck. Arromanches wouldn't have any part of my affection due to the fact that as a baby, he was kicked in the mouth by another horse causing permanent damage to his palate. So, every owner who had Arromanches, had to basically spoon feed him in a skillet with his food ground up in a puree form, so not to hurt him. Hey, and lets not forget Arromanches' 10 race win streak in 2000 and 2001 ! This made serious headlines in "The Daily Racing Form" ! Arromanches was so beautiful with his wonderful gray/roan coat. And I always loved those trips from my home in South Jersey to the Belt Parkway and Aqueduct Race Track to see Arromanches man-handle the competition and the Inner Dirt Track, during the cold weather months in New York. I just recently began to show pictures of Arromances to my 11 year ole son, Matthew. Matthew thinks Arromanches is beautiful, too ! I really wish the connections of Caixa Eletronica would have retired him to stud prior to racing this new year. With Arromanches' sprint breeding and Skip Away's routing ability, it didn't surprise me that a horse from these two great runners could produce such a terrific runner like Caixa Eletronica. I really wanted to see the off-spring of Arromanches and Caixa Eletronica running somewhere so I could follow their career. It sounds crazy but I feel like I lost my son and grandson ! I lost my dog (and best friend) Max, four years ago, now I lost my horse, Arromanches, and his son, Caixa Eletronica, in a super-freaky accident at Belmont Park ! As a screenwriter, I think it's time to write a rags to riches story about two incredibly popular and wonderful horses, Arromanches, and his son, Caixa Eletronica ! R.I.P. boys ! I miss you so much ! Drink in Peace ! :)