Bloodlines Presented By No-No Cribbing Collar: The Classic Tradition Of Arcangelo - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Bloodlines Presented By No-No Cribbing Collar: The Classic Tradition Of Arcangelo

Arcangelo, outside, ridden by Javier Castellano, digs in to defeat Bishops Bay in the G3 Peter Pan

When Arrogate died in June 2020, his oldest foals were only yearlings. None had gone into training; nothing substantial was known about their potential or prowess.

The best-known racer from that first crop is 2022 Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath, also winner of the Grade 2 Azeri this season and second in the G1 Apple Blossom and La Troienne. The first crop also included Grade 1 winner Fun to Dream (La Brea Stakes).

Although a stakes winner did not emerge from Arrogate's first crop until New Year's Day of their second season, the black type popped up earlier with the racers from the second crop, including the 2022 Grade 1 winners Cave Rock (Del Mar Futurity, American Pharoah Stakes), as well as And Tell Me Nolies (Del Mar Debutante).

The gray champion's second crop has continued to add graded stakes winners this season with Affirmative Lady (G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks) and most recently with Arcangelo, who won the G3 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park on May 13.

The nine-furlong event around the sweeping turns of Belmont Park is typically seen as a significant prep for the Belmont Stakes over 12 furlongs, and there is more than a hint of classic quality to the pedigree of this season's winner, Arcangelo.

He is, for one thing, out of a mare by multiple leading sire Tapit (Pulpit), who has sired four winners of the longest classic: Tonalist (2014), Creator (2016), Tapwrit (2017), and Essential Quality (2021).

In addition, Arcangelo's dam, the Tapit mare Modeling, is out of Teeming (Storm Cat) and is a half-sister to a pair of Belmont Stakes winners: Jazil (Seeking the Gold), winner of the classic in 2006, and Rags to Riches (A.P. Indy), the Belmont winner in 2007 over subsequent Horse of the Year Curlin.

In addition to her relationship to these elite performers, Teeming is the dam of three stakes winners and two stakes-placed racehorses, along with the elite producer Achieving (Bernardini), who is the dam of three stakes winners, including Grade 2 winner Cezanne (Curlin) and Arabian Hope (Distorted Humor).

Bred by Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings and Edward McGhee, Teeming's daughter Modeling was unraced and was covered as a 2-year-old and sold at the 2014 Keeneland November sale to Don Alberto for $2.85 million, in foal to Distorted Humor (Forty Niner). The resulting foal was the maiden special winner Montmartre.

Bred in Kentucky by Don Alberto, Arcangelo sold for $35,000 at the 2021 Keeneland September sale to Jon Ebbert and races for Blue Rose Farm.

A May 11 foal, the scopey gray did not race until the closing weeks of 2022, finishing second on debut at Gulfstream on Dec. 17. Arcangelo won his third start, a maiden special at Gulfstream on March 18, when he raced a mile on dirt in 1:34.82. The colt's next start was the Peter Pan.

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The classic prep was a major step up for a maiden winner, but Arcangelo handled the escalation in class and won by a head over Bishops Bay (Uncle Mo), who was the undefeated favorite coming into the Peter Pan. The third horse, Henry Q (Blame), was 8 3/4 lengths back in third after nine furlongs in 1:49.71.

The effort suggests that the first two in the Peter Pan may possess the required quality to challenge for the classic prize next month in the Belmont Stakes. A good showing would be a compliment to the namesake of their prep race because Peter Pan won the Belmont Stakes more than a century ago.

The Peter Pan Stakes was named for the son of Commando (Domino) and Cinderella (Hermit) who won 10 of his 17 starts, including the 1907 Belmont Stakes. At stud, Peter Pan the horse became an even more important influence in American breeding in the first half of the 20th century. His most important sons were Black Toney, the sire of Black Gold, winner of the 1924 Kentucky Derby, and Bimelech, winner of the 1940 Preakness and Belmont Stakes; and Futurity winner Pennant, the sire of the top racehorse and sire Equipoise, whose son Shut Out won the 1942 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.

What a classic tradition that is!

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