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O'Brien Profiles - Older Trotting Horse


Published: January 30, 2009 8:07 pm ET

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With the 2008 O'Brien Awards one day away, the SC website will shine the spotlight on the finalists in each O'Brien division.

Today we profile the older trotting horse category.

ARCH MADNESS - Arch Madness enjoyed a brief but very productive campaign in 2008 with nine top-two finishes from just 11 trips postward.

Another in a long line of champion performers sired by Balanced Image, Arch Madness scored his first season's win in an $84,116 leg of The Classic Series at Mohawk Racetrack on May 31 and then returned to The Meadowlands and trounced rivals in his $40,000 Titan Cup Elimination on June 20.

The Trond Smedshammer trainee finished second to his archrival Corleone Kosmos in the $200,000 Final on June 28.

Other notable runner-up finishes came in the $250,000 Classic Series Final, the $300,000 Nat Ray Final, the $638,580 Breeders Crown and the $160,000 Allerage Farms Final.

His biggest win came in the $728,600 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk on September 20 when Brian Sears guided him to a lifetime-best performance of 1:52.

Arch Madness wrapped up the season with $842,803 in earnings, vaulting him well over $1.6 million lifetime.

ARMBRO CHRONICLE - Like fine wine, Armbro Chronicle just gets better with age.

The 2008 campaign was a breakout year for the seven-year-old Self Possessed gelding who made 11 trips to the charmed circle from 31 trips postward.

He made his first start on January 5 and raced in 11 different months during the season for his co-owner/trainer Kent Baker.

Armbro Chronicle set the tone for year with a strong second-place finish in the $86,000 Glorys Comet Final on January 19 at Mohawk. He was also a multiple winner at the Open level against the nation's best and won the class seven times during the campaign.

He wasn't just a local star, however. Other major wins came in the $138,250 Frank Ryan Memorial at Rideau Carleton Raceway, the $84,500 Earl Rowe Memorial at Georgian Downs and a $50,000 Maple Leaf Trot Elimination at Mohawk.

One of his best efforts of the season was a third-place effort in the $728,600 Maple Leaf Trot Final. He wrapped up his campaign with two straight wins in December and ended with $510,928 in season's earnings.

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