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Kentucky Derby 2014 - We Miss Artie Pedigree Profile

A thrilling edition of the Spiral Stakes took place on Saturday at Turfway Park.  We Miss Artie got up in the shadow of the wire to nip the dueling Harry’s Holiday and Coastline. After breaking a touch slowly, We Miss Artie didn’t appear comfortable as he raced with a raised head and climbing motion during the first quarter, but jockey John Velazquez did a masterful job of settling the colt into seventh place behind the first two flights of horses. We Miss Artie made a solid move five wide around the far turn.  Through the stretch, the colt seemed unfocused and hung slightly, until Velazquez got after him with a left-handed smack. The Todd Pletcher trainee responded with another gear and moved up in time to grab the victory by a nostril.
 
 
We Miss Artie stopped the clock in 1:52.26 for the 1 1/8 mile race over the Polytrack. The time is comparable to 2011 Spiral hero Animal Kingdom’s race of 1:52.32.  We Miss Artie is the flavor of the week and shares the spotlight with Samraat atop the leaderboard of the Kentucky Derby standings with 60 points.
 
 
WE MISS ARTIE (Artie Schiller - Athena's Gift, by Fusaichi Pegasus) sold for $90,000 to Ken and Sarah Ramsey at the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.  The colt was a distant second in his July 2013 debut traveling five furlongs over the Belmont Park dirt. A month later, We Miss Artie didn’t miss, as he switched to turf and stretched out to a more suitable 1 1/16 miles. After a poor showing in the With Anticipation Stakes as the favorite, the Todd Pletcher trainee won the Dixiana Futurity over the Keeneland Polytrack. We Miss Artie had an eventful trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, as he bobbled at the break, made his way up to third place after a five wide move, hung, and then faded to seventh. After a runner-up placing in the Kitten’s Joy Stakes on the Gulfstream lawn, We Miss Artie showed nothing in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, his previous start before the Spiral.  We Miss Artie has compiled an 8-3-2-0 ($609,000) race record.
 
 
Sire:
We miss artie sire artie schillerAs a racehorse, ARTIE SCHILLER (El Prado (IRE) - Hidden Light, by Majestic Light) was as tough as they come. He finished in the money 18 of 22 starts, fourteen of those starts were in stakes races, and earned $2,088,853 in four years. The son of a racing champion and leading sire out of a multiple G-1 winning mare, Artie Schiller was practically unbeatable between a mile and 1 1/8 miles, earning victories against some of the best turf runners of his generation. The highlight of Artie Schiller’s career was the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Mile, where he defeated a stellar international cast that included eventual 2005 Champion Turf Horse Leroidesanimaux, the spectacular French mare Gorella and defending champ Singletary. Artie Schiller tried the classic distance of 1 ¼ miles twice, finishing second to Kitten’s Joy beaten by over two lengths in the Virginia Derby (G-3) and was third in the Manhattan Stakes (G-1) behind Good Reward, a horse he defeated in four meetings at shorter distances.
 
 
Artie Schiller started his second career at stud in 2007 at Hurricane Hall, then moved to Pauls Mill Farm in 2010.  He relocated to WinStar Farm where he currently stands for $15,000.  Artie Schiller has sired 22 stakes winners, eight of them graded. Not surprisingly, the majority of his winners are best over the lawn, (35%).  His graded stakes winners include My Conquestadory (Alcibiades Stakes G-1), Mr. Commons (Arcadia Handicap G-2), and the Aussie-bred Group 1 turf winner Laser Hawk, who is his sire’s only stakes winner at 1 ¼ miles. 
 
 
Female Family:
There are two stakes winners in We Miss Artie’s second generation, plus his second through fourth dams all own blacktype.  We Miss Artie’s fifth dam Feria was an Italian Two Year Old Champion.  There is a mix of domestic and international stakes winners sprinkled throughout We Mis Artie’s pedigree three generations back.
 
 
His dam ATHENA'S GIFT (Fusaichi Pegasus - Russian Bride, by Saratoga Six) wasn’t as precocious as her son. She needed seven attempts and two years to win her maiden, getting the job done in a one mile turf event at Woodbine.  She came back just two weeks later to beat a full field of allowance runners at 1 1/8 miles over the lawn. In her next and final appearance on the track, Athena’s Gift was fifth, beaten four lengths in the 1 1/8 mile Virginia Oaks (G-2). She retired with a 9-2-3-0 ($121,766) record. Athena's Gift won or placed in five of seven starts over turf and Polytrack.  She failed to hit the board in two dirt starts.
 
 
A young broodmare, Athena's Gift bore only one other foal of racing age, We Miss Artie’s older half-sister Speed Goddess (by Johannesburg). Athena's Gift has a 2012 unnamed colt by Arch and a 2013 colt by Harlan’s Holiday.
 
 
Athena’s Gift is a half-sister to the multiple stakes placed Rushin' to Altar (by Pulpit). We Miss Artie’s second dam Russian Bride (by Saratoga Six) won a listed stakes and placed in three other stakes races over dirt and turf. Russian Bride’s full sister Agotaras was a multiple stakes winning sprinter. She’s the second dam of Alysheba Stakes winner Forty Grams (by Distorted Humor) and Pegasus Wind (by Fusaichi Pegasus) who was third in the 2006 Champagne Stakes.
 
 
 
We Miss Artie pedigree
 
 
Damsire:
We miss artie damsireFUSAICHI PEGASUS (Mr. Prospector - Angel Fever, by Danzig) is the only son of the legendary Mr. Prospector to win the Kentucky Derby. The stallion finished in the money eight of nine starts, including victories in the Wood Memorial and Jerome Stakes. His sole off the board finish was ironically, at Churchill Downs, the scene of his greatest victory. Fusaichi Pegasus finished sixth in the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Classic, where he ran seven and eight wide the entire way.
 
 
Fusaichi Pegasus’ daughters have borne 348 runners. Of those, 18 are stakes winners worldwide. Fusaichi Pegasus’ daughters may be passing along the turf-oriented genes of his damsire Danzig as only three of their offspring are stakes winners over the dirt.
Distance wise, three (Brazilian, Peruvian and Australian) are stakes winners at 1 ¼ miles. In the U.S., Fusaichi Pegasus is represented by only two winners at 1 1/8 miles as a broodmare sire; We Miss Artie and Ausus, a G-3 winner over turf.
 
 
We Miss Artie’s second damsire SARATOGA SIX (Alydar - Priceless Fame, by Irish Castle) was an expensive $2.2 million dollar yearling. The precocious juvenile won all four of his starts, including the Hollywood Juvenile Championship and Del Mar Futurity. Considering his sales price and race record, Saratoga Six was a disappointment at stud and spent his final days on a stud farm in Texas.  The late stallion is shining as a broodmare sire; his daughter’s offspring include Belmont Stakes winner Ruler on Ice (by Roman Ruler, a son of Fusaichi Pegasus), plus Grade 1 winners Champagne D’Oro (by El Prado’s son Medaglia D'oro), Alphabet Kisses (Alphabet Soup), Diplomat Lady (Forestry), and the full sisters Madcap Escapade and Dubai Escapade (Hennessy). Of course, there’s always that one exception, but Saratoga Six primarily imparts speed attributes to his daughter’s offspring.
 
 
The Artie Schiller/Fusaichi Pegasus match has produced only one runner.
 
 
 
Outlook:
We Miss Artie conformationWe Miss Artie has the body of a route horse, with a laid-back shoulder, short back and short cannon bones. The nicely balanced colt is more on the lean side, rather than owning a powerful muscular structure.  This is the typical body structure of a turf horse.
 
 
 
 
 
We Miss Artie didn’t seem to care for the Polytrack kickback in the early stages of the Spiral. He appears to paddle very slightly with his left foreleg (at least on the Polytrack), otherwise, the son of Artie Schiller is a smooth mover with good leg extension.  
 
 
More questions than answers surround We Miss Artie after his victory in the Spiral Stakes.  He may handle 1 ¼ miles of the Kentucky Derby.  Dirt surface? Well... The major issue here is surface. I’m not convinced that he does his best running on the dirt. His sire gets only 28% dirt winners and We Miss Artie’s dam was unplaced in two attempts over the surface.   We Miss Artie did place in his debut over the dirt, but was 6 ½ lengths behind the winner.  His other two dirt starts saw him finish off of the board. Remove the two dirt stakes races from his resume, and the Canadian-bred colt has won or placed in every start over turf and is undefeated on the Polytrack.  
 
 
Next we have the “who did he beat” question.  Other than Taramundo, the rest of the field has little recent graded stakes form. That leads us to review previous winners of the Spiral.  Only two colts in seven years, the amazing Animal Kingdom (2011 Derby winner) and Hard Spun (who was already a graded stakes winner over dirt), have finished in the top three in the Kentucky Derby, although a special mention goes to Went the Day Well, who had won his maiden over dirt and placed fourth in the 2012 Kentucky Derby.  The rest (excepting last year’s Black Onyx, who was injured before the Derby) finished well off of the board.
 
 
Every year, turf/Polytrack horses are pointed towards the Kentucky Derby.  The majority are sucker bets and finish out of the money.  We Miss Artie is a game colt, but if he looks like a turf router and runs like a turf router…well chances are, you can finish this sentence. Can We Miss Artie place in the Derby? Sure, anything is possible. Is he likely to wear the blanket of Roses?  I’m betting against it.
 
Conformation photo credit - Elizabeth Ovelman
 

 

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this is a great colt with a shot at the Derby.
this is a great colt with a shot at the Derby.
It's Awesome Baby!
It depends on what you consider a classic.
Mr. Prospector's son Forty Niner was 2nd in the Derby, and Conquistador Cielo won the Belmont & Tank's Prospect took the Preakness. Mr. P. is also the paternal second sire of 16 TC race winners and the third tail sire of 16 of them. Mr. P's sons Unbridled & Forty Niner e each have 6 descendants who won one or more of the TC races. Overall, Mr. P. and his sons have produced more classic winners than any other modern stallion.
Athena's Gift was actually purchased at the OBS June 2year old in training sale on behalf of Dr Richard Lister. To combat the stresses of the sale she was given some recoup time before transfering to Ontario to finish her racing preparations. Her first race was at Woodbine in November of her 2 year old year where she finished 2nd at first asking to the very good Stronach filly Ginger Brew. Her winter campaign was delayed as she was compromised by a bug. She was patiently trained and managed by Dr Lister and his, also well regarded, trainer Malcolm Pierce. Interestingly, Athena's Gift's last win was in an Allowance event the same day of the running of the Canadian Oaks which was won by none other than the Stronach filly Ginger Brew. Athena's Gift then ran in W Va where she unfortunately took a misstep that resulted in a career ending injury. Dr Lister purchased Athena's Gift to join his racing band but to ultimately join his broodmare band. Dr Lister is both an avid owner and breeder who has made significant contributions to the racing industry over the years. Congratulations to all parties & best of luck in the future. :)
Alone on the lead REMAINS the best angle in racing....Day could have been closer, but then riders continue to make that mistake all the time just like last year's Queen's Plate and countless other contests as they mutter "he will come back to us," yet they rarely do.
i love artie but im worried about his DIRT ability
Should've been 2 had Day not underestimated Winning Colors in the '88 Derby.
I am with Laura on this one on this one winning the Derby. Going a bit further I cannot see Artie in the same zip code as Derby winners. I hope Ken Ramsay regains his senses pointing Artie in a more suitable direction in early May.
thought so
Grand Sire of Unbridled and Thunder Gulch too.
War Emblem for one.
Wasn't the prospector the grand sire of a few Derby winners??
I was amazed to learn that Fusaichi Pegasus is the only son of Mr. Prospector to win the Derby.

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