World Champion Arch Madness once again showed true grit and superb natural trotting ability in surpassing the $4 million mark in career earnings with a neck triumph over Mister Herbie in winning the $172,200 final of the Allerage Farms Open Trot Sunday at Lexington, KY’s Red Mile.
Trained and driven to victory by Trond Smedshammer, it was the second straight win for Arch Madness. The nine-year-old gelded son of Balanced Image once again showed his heels to his younger rivals in scoring his third victory this year, covering the one mile race over a rainy track labled good in 1:51.3.
It was Quick Deal and driver Brian Sears who left the quickest from the starting gate with My MVP (Ron Pierce) getting the two-hole trip in second place by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. As the field entered the backstretch and passed the half mile marker in :55, Sevruga and driver Andy Miller came first-over to challenge with Arch Madness seemly lagging behind second-over.
As the field passed the three-quarters in 1:24, Sevruga had collared Quick Deal and My MVP was hopefulessly trapped along the rail, but Smedshammer had Arch Madness in perfect position second-over.
Coming down the stretch, Sevruga had put away Quick Deal and looked strong but Arch Madness kept on coming, passed by Sevruga and then held off a late challenge by Mister Herbie (Jody Jamieson) for the victory. Market Share (Tim Tetrick) closed to be third.
Bred and co-owned by Marc Goldberg of Woodmere, NY with Willow Pond, LLC of Hewlett, NY, Arch Madness now has career earnings of $4,020,631. He is now the seventh richest harness horse in the history of the sport.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com