08/30/2012 4:44PM

Saratoga: Archwarrior backs up the hype in maiden win

Tom Keyser
Archwarrior, with John Velazquez up, wins his debut by 3 1/4 lengths in Thursday’s third race at Saratoga.

Archwarrior lived up to all the advance billing when he rallied to a very professional 3 1/4-length victory over fellow first-time starter Malachite in Thursday’s third race. Archwarrior, a son of Arch owned by Alto Racing Stable, opened at 1-9 in the wagering, never got higher than 1-4, and paid $2.50 after completing six furlongs in 1:10.07 with jockey John Velazquez aboard.

Archwarrior, who had been training sensationally here all summer, was entered twice prior to Thursday’s unveiling, scratching the first time due to a wet racetrack and again on Travers Day when unable to escape the also-eligible list.

“I thought everything went as smoothly as we hoped it would,” said Pletcher who had won 20 2-year-old maiden races at the meet through Thursday. “I thought he ran very well, very professional, finished up well, and galloped out strongly. We’ve run a lot of first-time starters over the years, but I’ve never had so many questions about one beforehand. It wasn’t exactly like the Kentucky Derby, but we were hoping he’d run as well as he was training.”

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Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
Here's an example of what is wrong with North American racing: why is it necessary for Archwarrior, if he's as good as Pletcher thinks he is, to need Lasix? If he's bled already...then he's got a hole in him and isn't the phenom that he's touted as. And, if he hasn't, why is he being treated with Lasix? Do you remember that this time last year Pletcher introduced another nice 2-y-old, called Overdrive? What happened to him? It just goes on and on. And, until someone calls a halt, racing fans are going to continue to be built up and disappointed (dashed)...again and again.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
This colt should be put away until December at the earliest...
Tony Murabito More than 1 year ago
Kris S influence is all you need
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Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Hey dumbass this is the wrong forum to sell snake oil,we already deal with enough salesmen of bs in the form of trainers jockeys etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope he goes in the Champagne, Juvenile, Fountain of Youth, Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Don't hold your breath
Alyssa F. More than 1 year ago
Winning all of those races? That's a real stretch. Entering in all of them? A stretch too, especially if the colt grows up to be like this years three year old and can't hold up and stay sound for anything.
Perl More than 1 year ago
He looked good. He flashed excellent tactical speed and then just sort of wore down the leader, whilst easily holding the closers at bay. It was the perfect debut because any time a horse freaks in his debut it is very rare that he can duplicate that kind of effort in subsequent starts. He looks like a big lumbering type, out of the Union Rags mold. Hope he can stay healthy and race for a long time. Unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
Mike Barker More than 1 year ago
Watch the link below on YouTube.. or search for signs maiden race at Saratoga
Mike Barker More than 1 year ago
BrassMonkyBalls More than 1 year ago
can't say i disagree Mikey....lets hope we have a good one that stays sound. I personally would like a superstar youngster for a change who dances all the dances. Pletcheritis....lol.....priceless!
BrassMonkyBalls More than 1 year ago
but he does have a worthy name :)
mikey More than 1 year ago
Another who will race 1 or 2 more time's this year.He will come back at gulfdtream in FEB OR MARCH win and head to the DERBY tnen come down with pletcheritis.Make a comeback then head to the breeding shed.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
pretty much . my first thought was another gemoligest
Robert More than 1 year ago
Mikey, he might be retired by his 3 Year old year, and i'm not kidding, disgusting as it is. And it's not just Pletcher retiring them, it 's everyone....the whole thing is beyond laughable. I have only been following this sport relatively closely the last 5 or so years and I cannot believe that there is not some stipulation on when a horse can become a Stud. I.E. needs to race over at least so many starts, maybe 15 or at the very least 10. Basically all the Superstars are retired at the height of their carreer to improve their stud deal. A real great way to promote your game, retire all the horses that the casual fan might actually start to follow.