Top-class colt We Miss Artie led home a feature quinella for Artie Schiller in the Queens Plate Trial (1800m) at Woodbine on Sunday.
We Miss Artie (3c Artie Schiller — Athena’s Gift by Fusaichi Pegasus) started a long odds-on favourite and won under wraps by three-quarters of a length from Majestic Sunset.
Artie Schiller (USA), who stands at Emirates Park Victoria, sired both colts from Mr Prospector-line mares.Â They will lead the charge for the G1 Queen’s Plate (2000m) — the most prestigious race in Canada — on July 6.
“The way we handicapped the race, there wasn’t much speed,” jockey Javier Castellano said.Â “I just took my time, schooled him a little bit behind horses and let him find his best kick.Â When I asked a little bit, he responded.”
We Miss Artie is prepared by Hall Of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher and won last year’s G1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland before returning to claim the G3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in March .Â He travelled to Canada after an unplaced effort in the G1 Kentucky Derby.
A $90,000 buy for high-profile owner Kenneth RamsayÂ at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale, he is eligible for the Queens Plate having been bred in Ontario by Richard Lister.
Emirates Park stands Artie Schiller (El Prado) for a $22,000 (inc gst) fee at its Digger’s Rest property north of Melbourne.