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18-1 Arch Madness ties own world record in 1:50.2

08:49 AM 30 Sep 2013 NZDT
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Arch Madness tied his own world record at Red Mile
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Ma Chere Hall and driver Corey Callahan
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Handover Hall wins her Bluegrass Stakes division
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3YO Trot Filly Shine In Bluegrass Stakes

Lexington, KY – 18-1 long shot Arch Madness, spotting between four and five years of age over his younger rivals, out kicked a field of nine rivals in capturing the $10,000 elimination division of the Allerage Farms Open Trot at Lexington’s Red Mile Sunday afternoon. In doing so he tied his own world record mark of 1:50.2.

Trained and driven to victory by Trond Smedshammer, Arch Madness sat in third place along the rail as Sevruga (Andy Miller) took the early lead away from Quick Ideal (Yannick Gingras) at the opening quarter mile in :28. Sevruga then lead the field past the half mile in :54.3. As they came into the final turn both Appomattox (Scott Zeron) and Market Share (Tim Tertick) came to the outside and that flushed Smedshammer first-over with Arch Madness.

Past the three-quarters in 1:23, Arch Madness moved closer and closer and by the start down the stretch, had collared Sevruga but then had to deal with both Quick Deal and Market Share coming to the wire. But the back class that has earned Arch Madness nearly $4 million in career earnings came through as he dug in and held on to win by a half length in 1:52.2. Quick Deal was second with Market Share third.

The time of race, 1:50.2, tied Arch Madness’s world record that he set in 2007 for older geldings. It was the second win this year for the son of Balanced Image who is owned by Marc Goldberg of Woodmere, NY and Willow Pond Stable of Hewlett, NY. Arch Madness paid $38.00 to win. He will now be one of the favorites next week in the $180,000 final of the Allerage Farm Open Trot.

“He is an amazing horse,” Trond Smedshammer said, “He acted like himself today. It’s been a tough group of horses to go against. He has been getting two-hole trip but we looked back and saw he was never doing good from that position. He is only good if he comes first-up or is on the front end.

“This may have been his last chance against these type of horses,” Smedshammer explained, “So I was going to give him a shot first-over and he delivered. He felt good the whole way but you never know how he would do with the long stretch. It’s a closers stretch. But he did fine for me. He is an iron tough horse. They just don’t make horses like this anymore.”

In the $86,600 first division of the Bluegrass Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies, Ma Chere Hall ($4.40) barely held off Shared Past in scoring a 1:52.3 triumph.

Driven by Corey Callahan, Ma Chere Hall took the early lead away from Shared Past (Yannick Gingras) at the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Once on top the daughter of Deweycheatumnhiowe cut fractions of :55.1 and 1:25.1 before Gingras left the pocket seat to come after Ma Chare Hall in the stretch drive.

Those two battled the entire length of the stretch but Ma Chere Hall showed true grit and would not give it up, winning by a neck. Royal Assets (Ray Schnittker) was third.

It was the fourth straight win and sixth on the year in ten starts for Ma Chere Hall. Trained by Jonas Czernyson, she is bred and owned by Walnut Hall Limited of Lexington, KY, Aldebaran Park, Inc. of Delray Beach, FL and J. Sbrocco of Brecksville, OH.

Hanover Belle ($21.60) upset the field and took a lifetime mark in capturing the $86,600 second filly division of the Bluegrass Stakes in 1:52.2 for driver Tim Tetrick.

Frau Blucher (Ron Pierce) was first on the lead with Fashion Athena (John Campbell) in the pocket-seat to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. Mistery Woman (Dave Miller) then came first-over and took command before the half mile marker in :55.4.

Fashion Athena then came first-over on the final turn and flushed Frau Blucher from the two-hole with Hanover Belle third over as they passed the three-quarters in 1:24.3.

Then in a strong closing move in the stretch, Handover Belle closed fastest of all to win by a half length over the late closing To Dream On (Jimmy Takter) with Mustery Woman third.

It was the fourth win this year for Handover Belle. The daughter of Andover Hall is trained by Tony Alagna for owners John Carver of Bettendorf, IA and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA.

By Steve Wolf for

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