In the last ten years, two horses, Smarty Jones and Lawyer Ron, were victorious in the Southwest Stakes (G-3), and the Arkansas Derby, eventually earned Eclipse Awards. Smarty Jones took Three Year Old honors after popular wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Lawyer Ron disappointed in the Triple Crown, but proved his case the following year, decisively taking three major handicap contests.
ArchArchArch seems to have a good race/bad race cycle going. He has won every other race in his career. Although he was a little farther back than usual, the William “Jinks” Fires trainee’s Arkansas Derby win came in similar fashion to his Southwest Stakes victory. In both races, he sat mid pack off of a quick pace then powered home late in the stretch. His jockey Jon Court and trainer Fires are staples on the Midwest Circuit. Both have won a number of big races, but the hard-working journeymen have never had the opportunity to make an impact on the Derby.
Let’s take a closer look at their big hoss, ArchArchArch.
ARCHARCHARCH (Arch – Woodman’s Dancer, by Woodman) has a stamina oriented pedigree, and he should be at home over dirt or turf. His sire Arch was victorious from seven furlongs to 1 ¼ miles and counts the Super Derby (G-1) as his most important victory. In all, the Claiborne Farm homebred raced seven times, winning five contests and placing once, with career earnings of $480,969.
After retiring to stud at his birthplace, Arch quickly proved that he’d be a quality sire, getting a South African Champion Sprinter (Overarching), English Champion Older Horse (Les Arcs) and four other multiple stakes winners in his first crop. Later he produced Canadian Champion Arrivale and recent Breeders’ Cup Champion and Horse of the Year, Blame. Although he has sired some swift sprinters, Arch is building a reputation for getting long-winded runners. He has produced 13 horses that have won at distances ranging from 1 ¼ miles to two miles. While the son of Danzig has a few winners over Polytrack and Cushion Track, the majority of his offspring are best over dirt and turf.
One would think that with the blood of two European Turf Champions coursing through her veins that Archarcharch’s dam, Woodman’s Dancer, would relish racing over the lawn. Instead, Woodman’s Dancer made her career as a California sprinter. Facing the starter 19 times, the dark bay mare triumphed five times. She placed or ran third 11 times, including the Las Flores Handicap (G-3) and A Gleam Handicap (G-2 and earned $298,486.
Woodman’s Dancer is becoming a reliable broodmare. Besides our Southwest Stakes hero, she has borne his half-sister Run Sally Run (by Cherokee Run), a stakes winner and multiple stakes placed turf sprinter, plus three other runners, two of whom have won. Two of Woodman’s Dancer’s half siblings Seattle Pattern (by Seattle Slew) and Total Bull (by Fusaichi Pegasus) are stakes winners. Of note, three of Woodman’s Dancer’s half-sisters have produced stakes winners by Arch or his sire, Kris S. Adding more class to the dark bay colt’s pedigree, Archarcharch’s second and third dams (Pattern Step and Tipping Time) both won the Hollywood Oaks (G-1) at 1 1/8 miles.
As mentioned, Archarcharch’s damsire, Woodman, was a champion two year old colt in Ireland, but retired after only five races. He clearly passed stamina to his offspring, siring Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Hansel; Timber County, winner of the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile and Preakness; European Champion filly Bosra Sham and Canadian champion Woodcarver. He’s also the damsire of Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando, Multiple graded stakes winning sire More Than Ready, multiple graded stakes winners Proviso, and D’Funnybone. Woodman is currently ranked #6 on the 2011 leading Broodmare sire list.
The bloodline cross of Arch and his sire Kris S. with Woodman mares is promising. Only two foals on the Arch/Woodman cross have started with one winner, our stakes champion Archarcharch. Arch’s sire Kris S. also had good results with Woodman mares. Four foals were produced and all four were winners.
Physically, Archarcharch resembles his sire. He appears to have a strong top line and very powerful shoulder, which is typical of the Roberto/Kris S. sire line. He is balanced by a long, strong hip and hind end that is not overly muscular. Archarcharch has a smooth, long-reaching gait with high leg action. His mid pack running style and stamina oriented pedigree portend that he could be a legitimate challenger in the Kentucky Derby if he can break the good/bad race cycle.