Trainer Trond Smedshammer entered Arch Madness into the Allerage Farms Open for older horse trotters at The Red Mile in the waning minutes before the box closed, and then passed on an opportunity for the 9-year-old gelding to receive a bye directly into the final. Smedshammer's decisions all paid off on Sunday afternoon when Arch Madness scored a 1:50.2 victory in the single $10,000 Allerage elimination, equaling his own world record for older gelding trotters on a one-mile track he originally set two years ago at the Meadowlands.
In the sulky himself, Smedshammer settled Arch Madness in third early from post three as Sevruga was first to the lead. Waiting through first-half fractions of :28 and :54.3, Smedshammer tipped his charge to the outside in the final turn and ranged up first-over at the 1:23 three-quarters. Arch Madness took the lead at the top of the stretch and then held game as Quick Deal and Yannick Gingras and Market Share and Tim Tetrick tried to rally.
Sent off at odds of 18-1, Arch Madness held on at the wire over Quick Deal and Market Share. Sevruga, Mister Herbie, Appomattox and Lindys Jersey Boy rounded out the top seven finishers who will advance to next Sunday afternoon's Allerage final. They will join Guccio, Southwind Pepino and Wishing Stone, whose connections accepted a bye.
Arch Madness's win check increased his career earnings to $3,934,531 for owners Marc Goldberg and Willow Pond Stable. The win was just his second in 14 starts this year and 33rd in 103 career starts. His toteboard standing was 18-1, with the $38 payout the most he's ever paid, topping a $37.50 win payoff in a Classic Series leg in 2008 at Mohawk Racetrack.