Archer Road Makes Stakes Debut in Sunday’s 75K Mecke
Jul 5, 2018
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– A winner of back-to-back optional claiming allowances, Arindel’s Archer Road is set to make his stakes debut in Sunday’s $75,000 Mecke, a 1 1/8-mile overnight stakes on turf.
“He won the Florida-bred race and the a-other-than (allowance); this race is coming at the right time.” trainer Stanley Gold said. “We’re getting a sixteenth (of a mile more). We probably would have won a couple more if we had run more races at the distance.”
Prior to his recent victories at a mile and 1 1/16 miles, Archer Road had won one of his first 11 starts while finishing in the money on five occasions.
“From the start I liked him as a turf horse and I knew he wanted to go long and I knew the farther he went the better he would be,” Gold said. “Things didn’t work out like you’d like them to because he didn’t want to go 7 ½ (furlongs) or a mile. For a while it was tough to get him into races.”
The long-striding 4-year-old gelding relished stretching out from a mile to 1 1/16 miles June 7, closing resolutely to catch 1-5 favorite Uncle B. by a neck.
“We finally got a mile-and-an-eighth, which is nice. His performances have improved each time. He’s always coming on,” Gold said. “If we get beat, it’s because we’re running out of ground. He’s always finishing good. He’s had some bad luck. Sometimes he gets shuffled back, but he’s always finishing and he wants to go longer.”
The homebred son of Leroidesanimaux enters the Mecke in peak form.
“He’s a big good-looking horse. When I got him he was fat. He’d never run and it took a while to get the fat off him,” Gold said. “He’s always been a laid-back horse”
Jeffrey Sanchez, who is currently in the midst of a productive comeback from a weight battle, has the return mount.
“I’ve never had any doubts about him. We go back a long way. I knew what he could do,” said Gold, who gave Sanchez a leg up on Awesome Feather for her 2010 victory in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). ”I offered the whole barn and he took it.”
Archer Road is scheduled to clash with a quartet of multiple-stakes winners in the Mecke, including Galleon Mast, Conquest Sandman, My Point Exactly and Durocher.
Anne Scott’s Galleon Mast, who won the Sunshine Millions Turf during Gulfstream’s Championship Meet, had finished first, second or third in 15 consecutive races before finishing out of the money last time out. The David Fawkes-trained 5-year-old gelding lagged early and closed to finish fourth as the 6-5 favorite in the Soldier’s Dancer.
Miguel Vasquez has the mount aboard the son of Mizzen Mast, who has notched four stakes victories over the Gulfstream turf.
Costa Brava’s Conquest Sandman enters the Mecke as the ‘now’ horse, having won four of six starts on turf, including two stakes, since being claimed for $16,000 Feb. 10. The Juan Carlos Abarrio-trained 5-year-old gelded son of Scat Daddy will be ridden by Emisael Jaramillo for the first time Saturday.
Till the End, who finished ahead of Galleon Mast while finishing second in the Soldier’s Dancer; and Zipping, who has won two off-the-turf races on sloppy tracks in his last three starts; round out the field.