Archaggelos, a Monticule homebred half-brother to 2008 champion sophomore colt Big Brown (Boundary), proved that short rest was no obstacle, wheeling back in one week’s time to capture the Sunday feature at Woodbine. Trained by Michael Dickinson, the colt was making his third career start and first foray into stakes company.
Second in his grassy 7 1/2-furlong unveiling at Delaware Park July 27, the bay subsequently resumed work at his trainer’s Tapeta Farm base and returned from a short layoff to capture a 1 1/16-mile maiden heat over the lawn at Laurel last Sunday, prompting this confident jump in class.
Taken back to avoid going three wide around the opening bend, the dark bay settled nicely off the pace, racing in fifth behind fractions of :24.44 and :49.14. He gathered steam heading into the far turn, skimmed the rail to reach contention, then made a daring split in upper stretch to hit the front. Finishing strongly from there, he came home well clear of favored Peppered.
“I really liked the ride that we got,” said Dirk Crane, assistant to Dickinson. “I started getting a little bit nervous just because I’m an ex-rider so it’s hard to tell what’s going on. As he was running, I was very happy how he waited and let that inside position happen. And then as he came down the lane, he just gutted through there and went on running like we wanted him to do.”
Winning pilot Rafael Hernandez added, “We saved ground all the way and I didn’t want to go too wide so we just waited for a hole to open. That happened and he went between horses like nothing, he was brave.”
In addition to being a half-brother to Big Brown–who won four Grade I races, including the GI Kentucky Derby–Archaggelos is a half-brother to MGSP Alfonso de Sousa (Henrythenavigator). Mien, who won once from just two career starts under the care of Dickinson, is also responsible for a yearling full-brother to the winner and a weanling full-sister to the winner. She was bred back to Temple City once more this spring.
GREY S.-GIII, C$125,000, WO, 10-1, 2yo, 1 1/16m (AWT), 1:44.56, ft.
1–#@ARCHAGGELOS, 115, c, 2, by Temple City
1st Dam: Mien, by Nureyev
2nd Dam: Miasma, by Lear Fan
3rd Dam: Syrian Circle, by Damascus
($200,000 RNA Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O/B-Monticule LLC (KY);
T-Michael W. Dickinson; J-Rafael Manuel Hernandez.
C$75,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $89,742. *1/2 to Big
Brown (Boundary), Ch. 3yo Colt & MGISW, $3,614,500.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. *Werk Nick
Rating: C+.2–Peppered, 115, c, 2, Tapizar–Elaborate, by Cherokee Run.
($60,000 Ylg ’16 FTKOCT). O-Paul Braverman & Timothy Pinch;
B-Oak Ridge Farm (KY); T-Reade Baker. C$25,000.3–Tale of Vienna, 115, g, 2, Tale of Ekati–Rubywood, by
Woodman. ($10,000 Ylg ’16 FTKOCT). O-Laurie Silvera &
Dennis Moss; B-Charles Fipke (KY); T-Laurie Silvera. C$13,750.Margins: 2 1/4, 1HF, 2 1/4. Odds: 9.50, 0.50, 42.90.
Also Ran: Piven, Like What I See, Lookin to Strike, Leopold. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.