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Is Archwarrior the best 2YO of 2012?

On Thursday in Saratoga’s third race Todd Pletcher has entered a bay two year-old colt named Archwarrior. This son of Arch is by far the most ballyhooed and hyped juvenile of the meeting.  That is really saying something when you think about the amazing babies who have already won this summer for Pletcher.
The Stonestreet filly Kauai Katie recorded the highest BSF of 100 for any two year-old this year, male or female, in her maiden victory. She followed that up with a convincing win in the Adirondack (G2).
Shanghai Bobby has won his first two races convincingly. His maiden victory came at Aqueduct in April, and then he won the Track Barron stake at Belmont in June. At Belmont Shanghai Bobby earned a BSF of 93, which is the fourth best of the year.
Pletcher believes that his most impressive juvenile to win thus far has been Dreaming of Julia, who is another Stonestreet filly. She broke her maiden at Saratoga on August 6th, going six and a half furlongs. This AP Indy filly recently dazzled the clockers with a morning breeze of five furlongs in :59.59 seconds with a gallop out of six furlongs in 1:12.94. Regular rider John Velazquez was in the saddle for that work.
Archwarrior is entered in the third race at Saratoga as part of an entry that is listed at 4-5 in the morning line.  The other half of the Alto Racing LLC entry is Tizracer, a son of Tiznow who sold for $450,000 as a yearling at Keeneland’s September sale.
Archwarrior went through the March Ocala Breeders’ Sale for two year-olds in training as Hip 212. He was clocked in :10.2 for his one furlong breeze, which convinced Alto Racing LLC to spend $375,000 for this colt by Arch.
 video from Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company
The dam of Archwarrior is Winner’s Edge and she is a daughter of Seeking the Gold born in 1992. Winner’s Edge raced 24 times with 4 wins, 5 seconds, and 1 third for earnings of $145,450. She did finish second in the Affectionately Handicap (G3).  Archwarrior is the most highly regarded progeny of an older mare that has produced 11 foals since 1999. Her best runner to date was a 2007 stakes placed son of Deputy Minister named Capac.
Archwarrior has been preparing for the races with very regularly spaced workouts since June 26th. His works have been consistently impressive with three of them earning bullets including a :58.2 breeze from the gate on the main track at Saratoga.
The draw for race three on Thursday put Archwarrior in the fifth post position and stablemate Tizracer in the eight hole. The field drew two other coupled entries, one from Klaravich Stables and another from Bruce Levine. It remains to be seen which horse from Pletcher will run or whether they will both go.
@AndySerling, of NYRA recently tweeted, “Not since Empire Maker, has an unraced 2YO generated as much hype as Archwarrior. Here’s hoping he’s that good.” 
I want Archwarrior to run because any horse that can get more attention then this outstanding juvenile crop is going to be well worth watching.  Keep your money in your pockets because the odds will be way too low, but let’s hope we get to see racing’s next big star. 


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not bad and easily
I haerd this ballhoo about literlly dozens and dozens of horses that were plugs
Archwarrior opens at 1-9 ... The hype machine has been cranked all the way to eleven!
He's more likely to not run a triple crown race than win one. Not a knock, just a fact. I'll be watching.
ThatBigBay--Why not an article about Archwarrior? He is news worthy. One of the great things about racing is that there is always a new star and finding those new stars is a big part of our sport.
An article about an unraced colt? So this what the world has come to..
It's not worth hyping a maiden winner up. They may win their maidens, but then they could be total flops afterwards.
I'll be watching.....no pressure Archworrior!
Maybe so, rafirox, but some of the most knowledgeable racing people say he is a monster. We shall see.
Maidens should not be hyped no matter how good they look. He hasn't ran in an actual RACE with other horses before. His pedigree is a nice one, and his workouts have been somewhat stellar. But he shouldn't be this hyped.....
This guy has more hype than anything since the Beatles hit the States ... let's hope he can live up to at least part of that.

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