Arms Runner becomes first black type winner for Overdriven
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Florida's leading Second-Crop sire Overdriven got his first stakes winner on Saturday when Arms Runner tallied a very impressive victory in the Desert Code S. at Santa Anita Park.

A $525,000 purchase by his trainer Peter Miller from the Ocala Stud consignment at the 2016 OBS Spring Sale of 2-year-olds, Arms Runner was making his first stakes start following his debut maiden special weight win on April 20.

The Desert Code, at 6 1/2-furlongs on the turf, had a field of seven. Arms Runner, ridden by Noberto Arroyo, Jr., was near the back of the compact field for the first quarter-mile. He began to move up as the field crossed the turf course, then had to switch from inside to out to run down Cistron, coming home under a hand ride in 1:12.33 on the firm turf.

"Those horses came back to us pretty quick, but I had plenty of horse to overcome it," said Arroyo. "He went around them easily. I'm confident he'll be able to stretch out to a mile."

Arms runner is owned by Rockingham Ranch and has earned $79,500 in his two starts.

"I stuck my neck out buying this horse," trainer Peter Miller said. "I never push owners to buy horses, but I pushed pretty hard for Gary (Hartunian, of Rockingham Ranch) to buy this one."

Arms Runner was bred by Ocala Stud and is a half-brother to graded stakes winner Calculator, who Miller also trains.

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