Factoring Pedigree – Archarcharch

We've seen a good amount of both quantity and quality so far from the first juveniles by Archarcharch. The Spendthrift Farm stallion is the sire of 39 starters and 10 winners as of October 16, both figures ranking fifth among North American first crop sires.

Archarcharch is a son of (just) Arch, a son of Kris S. and a grandson of Roberto. His sire-line is more known for distance and turf but Archarcharch was a sprint stakes winner at two and raced exclusively on dirt. He won the 6F Sugar Bowl Stakes in mid-December of his juvenile season and then competed in the Oaklawn Park spring classics prep series culminating in an upset victory (at 25-1) of the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. An injury sustained during his 15th-place finish in Animal Kingdom's Kentucky Derby sent him to Spendthrift Farm for stud duty beginning in 2012.

Archarcharch broke his maiden in that Sugar Bowl win so it's only fitting that his first stakes winner, Toews on Ice, won his first race in the $100,000 Barretts Juvenile Stakes (by 7 1/2 lengths). It's true that Allowance races for juveniles can be lacking but the fact that five other Archarcharch winners have competed in stakes so far is a likely indication of their quality (at least in the eyes of their connections). The maiden Next Shares has also earned some blacktype with a runner-up effort in the Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga and Maiden Special winner Go No Go ran second by a neck in Oklahoma Classic Lassie Stakes on October 16 at Remington Park.

Most of the Archarcharch winners have rewarded bettors more handsomely. Only one his winners has gone favored and they've paid off at an average rate of 7-1.

Archarcharch has sired three turf winners and his progeny can be expected to do just fine on that surface despite the fact that their sire never touched the stuff. Along with his own turf-leaning sire-line he's out of a daughter of Irish juvenile champion Woodman (by Mr. Prospector) and his second dam is a daughter of the prolific turf sire Nureyev.

Here's a breakdown of the first 10 winners by Archarcharch:

Date Horse #Start/Race Class Won Margin Trainer Odds Track Distance/Footing Track Condition
 10/4 Joan of Arch  4th/Maiden Claiming 30k  3 1/4L M. Pearson  3.90 Santa Anita 8F, Dirt Fast
 9/23 Tia Chuy 3rd/Maiden Special  3L M. Castenada .80* Mountaineer 4.5F/Dirt Good
 9/20 Toews On Ice 3rd/Stake 7 1/2L B. Baffert 9.70 Los Al 6.5F/Dirt Fast
 9/18 Go No Go 1st/Maiden Special 2 1/2L B. Calhoun 4.80 Remington 5F/Dirt Fast
9/7 Theory of Change 1st/Maiden Special Head C. Brown 7.20 Saratoga 8.5F/Turf Firm
8/20 Archarella 3rd/Maiden Special  2L A. Pecoraro 5.70 Delaware Park 7.5F/Turf Firm
8/12 Arcature  1st/Maiden Special  1/2L S. Callaghan  5.10 Del Mar 8F/Turf Firm
7/25 Gran Magnific NA/Maiden Claiming NA NA NA Mexico NA NA
6/25 Whataclassylady 1st/Maiden Special 1L R. Morse 14.20 Churchill 4.5F/Dirt Fast
4/23 Tia Flor 2nd/Maiden Special 9 1/4L M. Castenada 11.40 Keeneland 4.5F/Dirt Fast

* race favorite