by Dan Lauletta
Venerable claimer Arromanches saw his 10-race win streak crash to a halt Feb. 28 when he finished fifth of six in a six-furlong claiming race at Aqueduct. The 9-year-old was making his first start under the care of trainer Arthur Wendel, who has now lost with his last 98 starters dating back to May 5, 2000.
Arromanches never appeared comfortable chasing the pace under Chuck Lopez. He began backing up approaching the top of the stretch, and was last for most of the stretch before he caught Love Happy for fifth. The winner, Esteemed Friend, had finished second to Arromanches twice during the streak, and was a graded stakes winner in 1999.
The win streak for Arromanches began last May 27 at Monmouth Park, when he was trained by Danny Lopez. Gary Contessa and Scott Lake claimed him during the run before Wendel shocked New York by claiming him from Lake for $50,000 Feb. 2.
Of the 10 wins, eight were against claimers. The others came in allowance races, one of which seemed to mark the end of streak until Trounce was disqualified for interference and Arromanches promoted to first.
Arromanches has a lifetime record of 70-28-13-8 with earnings in excess of $725,000. He was not claimed from the Feb. 28 race.