A top-class son of Artie Schiller (USA) is now first in line for a start in the Kentucky Derby after landing the G3 Spiral Stakes (1800m) at Turfway Park in Kentucky.
We Miss Artie produced a determined late charge on Saturday to earn himself a definite start in America’s most coveted classic.
Winner of the G1 Breeders 2YO Futurity at Keeneland last year, We Miss Artie tagged on to the back of the leading group of runners soon after breaking in the prominent Kentucky Derby trial.Â He travelled sweetly down the backstretch before making steady progress rounding his rivals entering in to the home straight.
Despite covering more ground than any horse in the field, We Miss Artie found plenty over the final stages to claim Harry’s Holiday and Coastline to win by a nose and a head.
We Miss Artie earned 50 points in landing one of the major lead-ups for the Kentucky Derby – this year to be run on May 3 – and now heads the leader board in terms of qualifiers for the Run to the Roses at Churchill Downs.
We Miss Artie’s connections were already looking forward to the Kentucky Derby engagement within minutes of the colt’s victory. “We were hoping he could get us there and he did,” declared his multiple Eclipse Award winning trainer Todd Pletcher.
“The whole game plan was to get enough points to get him in,” owner Ken Ramsey added.Â “It’s good to be on the way back to the Derby.”
We Miss Artie took his earnings to in excess of $600,000.Â A fourth-crop son of Artie Schiller, he was purchased for $90,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.