Armed

Thoroughbred racehorse infobox
horsename = Armed


caption =
sire = Bull Lea
grandsire = Bull Dog
dam = Armful
damsire = Chance Shot
sex = Gelding
foaled = 1941
country = United States flagicon|USA
colour = Brown
breeder = Calumet Farm
owner = Calumet Farm
trainer = Ben A. Jones
record = 81: 41-20-10
earnings = $817,475
race = Suburban Handicap (1946)
Widener Handicap (1946 & 1947)
Washington Park Handicap (1946 & 1947)
Stars and Stripes Handicap (1947)
Gulfstream Park Handicap (1947)
Arlington Handicap (1947)
awards= U.S. Champion Older Male Horse (1946 & 1947)
United States Horse of the Year (1947)
honours = National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1963)
#39 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
updated= October 12, 2007

Armed (May, 1941-1964) was an American Thoroughbred gelding race horse. He was sired by the great stakes winner Bull Lea, which made him a half-brother to Citation. His dam was Armful, whose sire was Belmont Stakes winner, Chance Shot, and whose grandsire was the great Fair Play.

Small for his age and very headstrong, Armed's habit of biting and kicking hay out of his handler's pitchfork, along with being practically untrainable, caused his trainer, Ben A. Jones to send him back to Calumet Farm to be gelded and turned out to grow up. He returned to the track late in his two-year-old season and resumed training.

His first start was as a three year old the following February and he won at Hialeah Park by eight lengths. He won again less than a week later but then won only once in five starts and had to be rested due to an ankle injury.

Armed raced for seven seasons from 1944 to 1950, finishing with a 41-20-10 record in 81 starts. In a season that saw him defeat U.S. Triple Crown champion Assault in a match race at Belmont Park, Armed also set a new track record of 2:01-3/5 for one and one-quarter miles while winning the Widener Handicap and carrying 129 pounds, and earned the 1947 Horse of the Year honors.

In 1963, Armed was inducted into National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In "The Blood-Horse" ranking of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century, he was ranked #39.

References

* [http://www.pedigreequery.com/armed Armed's pedigree]
* [http://www.tbhorsepedigree.com/library/horse/Armed.php TB Library Armed]

External links

* [http://www.kyhorsepark.com/museum/exhibit.php?chapter=3&exhibition=Calumet KY Horsepark Calumet 1947]


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