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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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]."