Archaggelos, a Grade 3-winning half-brother to champion Big Brown, will continue his racing career over the jumps after selling to Virginia-based clients of bloodstock agent Elise Kendall for $20,000 on Friday at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale.
The 4-year-old son of Temple City raced as a homebred for Monticule prior to the sale, winning three of 16 starts for earnings of $168,120. He started fast as a juvenile, breaking his maiden in his second career start at Laurel Park, then taking the Grade 3 Grey Stakes in his next race over the synthetic main track at Woodbine.
Archaggelos continued to flip between the turf and synthetic throughout the rest of his career, winning an allowance optional claiming race on the Delaware Park grass, and placing in stakes races at Aqueduct and Delaware Park. He most recently finished a troubled fifth of five in a Delaware optional claimer on the dirt on Sept. 23.
“He'll go learn to jump and probably start in his first steeplechase race next spring, assuming all goes well,” Kendall said. “He moves so well, we think jumping's very natural for him.”
Archaggelos is out of the winning Nureyev mare Mien. Aside from Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown, Mien's notable offspring include Afonso de Sousa, who is Group 3-placed in both England and Ireland.
Archaggelos was the second purchase Kendall made on behalf of her Middleburg, Va.,-based clients with an eye toward the jumps at this year's Keeneland November sale. The first was Flammetta, a 4-year-old Wildcat Heir filly who has won three times on the flat and was secured for $25,000.
Though the steeplechase scene might not be the first thing that comes to mind when pondering buyers of racing prospects at the Keeneland November sale, Kendall said the right prospect can spur heated bidding between members of the tight group, eager to see for themselves what the horse can do over the jumps.
“We get blown out of the water by other steeplechase people,” she said. “We've been very happy to get two this year. We were the underbidder on Hot Springs (a Grade 3-winning Uncle Mo colt who sold for $60,000) earlier in this sale, and he went to Virginia as well. We thought we stood pretty tall to try and buy him, and lo and behold, we were underbidders and it was yet another steeplechase trainer that bought him.”
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