I featured this full brother to 14 length Dubai World Cup victor Well Armed on my blog as one of my auction selections for Keeneland’s two-year-old sale in April 2011. Arm Force has been on my radar since he failed to meet his reserve of $450,000, and he has begun to follow his older brother’s footsteps to success.
Arm Force, racing without Lasix for Bill Casner, made his first start in mid-January. With John Velazquez in the irons, he finished a distant fifth over Gulfstream Park's dirt course. The Eoin Harty trainee, equipped with a shadowroll, came back to race again at Gulfstream Park on February 26th, but had Julien Leparoux in the irons and was starting with blinkers.
Upon breaking from the eighth gate in this seven furlong event, Arm Force’s large stride and rapid turn of foot was instantly apparent. He raced in third between horses with minor restraint from Leparoux, and took over second place after the opening ¼ mile in :22.46. Arm Force was only a neck behind Spin Out for most of the contest, and raced on the outside. Under Leparoux’s right-handed urging at the top of the homestretch, Arm Force took the lead away from Spin Out, who slightly interfered with him as he passed. Arm Force drew away mid-stretch, and crossed the wire with a time of 1:23.17. Having a winning margin of 3 ¾ lengths against ten others, Arm Force breezed out beautifully, seeming as if he could handle a farther distance.
During the breeze-outs at the sale, I noted his potent, elongated stride, as well as his resemblance to Well Armed. As a racing three-year-old, he put these same qualities on display at the racetrack. Though Arm Force appears to carry his head slightly high while racing, he exhibits an overall efficient running style. His impressive build demonstrates the consistency of the cross between Tiznow, and Well Dressed, the dam of Arm Force and Well Armed. Arm Force, who was foaled in April, appears to be notably well-proportioned for a young three-year-old. In addition to this important asset, he is a particularly commanding, fit horse with strong hindquarters, and depth through his heart girth. Arm Force’s muscularity does not seem to weigh him down, as many horses’ brawniness does. Arm Force is an outstanding example of the equine athlete, being light and agile, yet sturdy and robust.
Arm Force’s talent would easily rank him amongst my “Derby Darlings”, but he was not included in this series because I am concerned he will not attain the required amount of Graded Stakes earnings quickly enough. Arm Force possesses a large amount of talent, and could possibly become a force in the other Triple Crown races.