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Artemis Agrotera Confirmed for BC Juvenile Fillies

Trainer Mike Hushion on Sunday confirmed that Artemis Agrotera is bound for the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 2 at Santa Anita after winning Saturday's Grade 1 Frizette by 1 ¼ lengths over Sweet Reason, who veered in sharply at the start.

 

"We're going [to the Breeders' Cup] until she tells us 'No,'" said Hushion. "It's as simple as that. I'd probably go out [to Santa Anita] the Monday or Tuesday before [the race] and do all of the work here and just go out there and gallop for a couple of days. She was a little strong in the paddock yesterday, so we'll get out there and do some schooling."

 

In her only start prior to the Frizette, Artemis Agrotera defeated New York-bred maidens by 11 ¾ lengths going six furlongs on August 16 at Saratoga Race Course, a performance that inspired Hushion and owners Chester and Mary Broman to opt for the Grade 1 Frizette instead of a New York-bred stakes such as the Joseph A. Gimma on October 19.

 

Artemis Agrotera won her debut race in gate-to-wire fashion, but was able to settle just off the pace in the Frizette, which Hushion believes allowed her to handle the step up in class and stretch out in distance.

 

"She breezed extremely well, and after her first race her works stepped up even another notch," said Hushion. "We were all happy with the way she relaxed. She's been a little too much on the go and we have been trying to quiet her down. It means she's not one dimensional any more."

 

Hushion said he was surprised Artemis Agrotera, a large filly, was able to make it to the races so soon, but that her size also allows for her to have an efficient stride.

 

"She has a big, long, smooth stride, not a scrambling type," said Hushion. "Her stride matches her size. She can reach. She was never shortening stride when I watched the replay yesterday. Unfortunately, I was too busy patting myself on the back to watch her gallop out, but I was told she galloped out very well, which doesn't surprise me."

 

Hushion added that Barry Schwartz's The Lumber Guy, second in last year's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint, remains under consideration for a return trip to California despite finishing last of seven in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational, a race he won in 2012, on September 28 at Belmont. He is winless in four starts since last year's Breeders' Cup.

 

"We haven't ruled out California," said Hushion. "I just hope he has a big, forward move yet. He still looks like a monster and is still acting great. I'm not sure why he ran like he did [in the Vosburgh]."

 

 

 

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