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Archwarrior Lives Up to Hype in Saratoga Debut

Archwarrior wins Saratoga debut on 8-30-12.

Trainer Todd Pletcher was pleased with the performance of highly regarded juvenile Archwarrior, winner of today’s third race at Saratoga Race Course, an $80,000 Maiden Special Weight run at six furlongs on the dirt. Archwarrior went off at odds of 1-4 in his debut, paying $2.50 for a $2 win bet. The 2-year-old son of Arch, owned by Alto Racing, won by 3 ¼ lengths after rating in second down the backstretch and taking over on the turn:

 

On Archwarrior’s performance: “Everything went as smoothly as we hoped it would. I thought he ran very well, very professional. He finished up well and galloped out strongly.”

 

On whether he had ever heard so much hype about a debuter: “No, [and] I’m not really sure why. The horse has trained well. I think there are a couple of guys who work for the [Daily Racing] Form that are clocking him in the mornings and maybe talking on the internet and giving out information on horses that are working out in the mornings. I don’t know.”

 

On whether he was nervous about today: “Well, it wasn’t exactly like the Kentucky Derby, but generally when you lead a first-time starter over here, you’re the one that kind of knows what to expect. Not everyone else maybe expects the same thing. But yeah, we were hoping he’d run as he’d been training.”

 

On whether he was amused by all the attention given to a first-time starter: “I mean, we’ve brought a lot of first-time starters over here over the years, but I’ve never had so many questions beforehand.”

 

On what’s next: “We’ll play it by ear and see how he comes out of it.”

 

John Velazquez, Hall of Fame jockey of Archwarrior:

 

On his performance: “He ran very, very nice. He has been very impressive in the mornings, and for him to come back and do it in the afternoon was very nice.”

 

On why there was so much attention paid to the colt based on his morning workouts: “I don’t know. I guess he’s so striking in everything he has done. Obviously when you put the time on him, every time that he works he’s very, very fast. He has been very impressive in the mornings.”

 

On the fact that he rated behind horses: “It’s funny because I worked him behind horses, so it’s not like he’s been on the lead in the mornings. I knew that I could rate him. I didn’t think he would be on the lead because he’s not very quick from the gate. He did everything very, very good.”

 

On any similarities to Uncle Mo, a 14 ½-length winner in his debut on Travers Day in 2010: “No, he’s not as fast as Uncle Mo. He is much bigger and heavier than Uncle Mo. Uncle Mo was smaller and faster. Archwarrior is more the type of horse who will really get good when the distances get longer. He’s not going to win by 10 or 12 lengths, he’s not going to open up on the field. He’s just kind of steady. He should run all day long.”

 

 

 

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He's a great looking horse but I wanna see another race first.

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