Day At The Track

Arch Madness captures 3YOCGT Crown

04:26 AM 25 Nov 2007 NZDT
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Arch Madness - 2007 Breeders Crown 3YOCGT Final
Photo by Michael Lisa - Lisa Photo, Inc.
Arch Madness - 2007 Breeders Crown 3YOCGT Final
Photo by Michael Lisa - Lisa Photo, Inc. - Winner's Circle

Arch Madness, who upset Donato Hanover last week in the elims, repeated the outcome in the $610,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot, the ninth race on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.

Donato Hanover, who won his first 11 starts of the year, including the $1.5 million Hambletonian in August, took the lead at the quarter but Arch Madness came after him, pressured him and caught him in the final 70 yards for his third straight victory.

rch Madness [$6.00, $3.60, $2.10] trotted the mile in a stakes record time of 1:52.4, winning by neck. Flirtin Man [$4.20, $2.20] got up for second.

onato Hanover [$2.10] held on for third, a length and a quarter back, completing his career with 19 wins, one second and two thirds from 22 starts and earnings of more than $3 million.

rch Madness, driver Brian Sears' second Breeders Crown victory of the night, is a three-year-old son of Balanced Image- Armbro Archer, owned and bred by Marc Goldberg of Woodmere, NY and Willow Pond [Barry Goldstein] of Hewlett, NY. The trotter was a $62,500 supplemental entry.

It was pretty much the same scenario as last week," said Sears.

"I knew I was going to come first up. My horse is just razor sharp. Trond [trainer Trond Smedshammer] has just done a super job and everyone involved with the horse has done a great job. When I pulled him he just couldn't wait to get along side of him [Donato].

I just tried to tight rein him a little bit, but he came down the lane and just really raced incredibly tough," added Sears, who won the Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Pace with Artcotic two races earlier. "Like I said, he's razor sharp and he was really game tonight."

I'm just stunned," said Smedshammer. "I can't describe this horse. I never expected him to be that good, even last week. I honestly didn't really think he could do it again. He's going to have off now for seven to eight weeks, and then he'll start training again for next season. He won't race until May the earliest."

We were just hoping for some good racing luck; actually we didn't get it," said owner Barry Goldstein.

"We had the toughest trip imaginable. He got up along side of him [Donato], and I could just see Arch begin [coming on]. This week was a replay of last week. Take nothing away from Donato. For my money he's the best colt trotter I've ever seen."

He just wasn't himself tonight," driver Ron Pierce said of Donato Hanover.

"He must have a touch of a flu or a cold, otherwise he would have run off. He did what he could do, but it just wasn't good enough. He probably has something deep down that doesn't show up until he's stressed. The sad part is, we've had a great run with this colt all year long and tonight was his last turn to shine. It would have been better to go out a winner, but you can't take anything away from what he has done this season."

inless in two starts at two, Arch Madness picked up his 10th win with six seconds and one third from 21 starts this year. The gelding has a career bankroll of $954,230.

Meadowlands Media Department

Arch Madness - 2007 Breeders Crown 3YOCGT Final

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