In The Arsenal
p, 2, 1:49.4; 3, 1:49.1 ($1,056,803)
American Ideal - Ladyotra - On The Road Again
In The Arsenal (p, 2, 1:49.4; 3, 1:49.1), earning $1,035,898 racing against the fastest pacers on the planet, In The Arsenal has 18 wins lifetime, capturing victory in a nearly a third of all his starts.
Perhaps best known for his blistering speed at two, winning a leg of the Bluegrass at the Red Mile in 1:49.4 as a freshman, he also won the Lawrence Sheppard Memorial at Yonkers. In fact, in a span of five weeks, he won both his two-year-old stakes at Lexington, the Historic at Harrah's Philadelphia, and the Matron at Dover.
This was followed by a brutal 10-hole brush to the lead and cutting the :26.3, :54.3 and 1:23 fractions in his Breeders Crown elimination, beaten just a length for third in 1:50.3. The following week, In The Arsenal finished second in the Breeders Crown Final, again from post 10, despite being interfered with in the early going.
Trainer Kelvin Harrison recalled: “In The Arsenal was a naturally gaited horse, with an incredible heart rate recovery . . . much like an older horse. I told [then-owner, the late] Michael Parisi after I trained him in 2:11 in March to turn him out and we will win the Sheppard!”
In The Arsenal
On The Road Again
In The Arsenal defeated several of the aforementioned pacing colts in his elimination of the Meadowlands Pace in 1:49.1, stepping away from the field with an incredible :25.3 last quarter.
Several weeks prior he won an elimination and the final of the Art Rooney at Yonkers, his elimination of the North America Cup at Mohawk, as well as a division of the Bluegrass at The Red Mile in September. Despite locking bridles with some of the toughest individuals of the decade, In The Arsenal still finished the season with over half a million dollars in earnings and was third or better in 11 of 17 starts in 2015, with seven wins.
From the multiple stakes-winning mare Ladyotra (p, 2, 1:53.2, $115,627), her production and immediate family is loaded with speed and money winners.
Leatherstocking Equine General Manager David Hanson noted, “In The Arsenal has a pedigree that will match will many pacing families today. From a very popular sire line in American Ideal and being out of an On The Road Again dam, this opens a lot of doors in a time when pedigrees are family tight. His book is already beginning to fill with commitments from several commercial breeders. His syndicate is committed to supporting him which is always something to look for when selecting a stallion for your mare.”