Artie Schiller wins the Breeders' Cup Mile
Schiller, who finished 12th in last year's NetJets
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), came back as the
5-1 second choice to upset favorite Leroidesanimaux
and take this year's edition by three-quarters
of a length.
with Gary Stevens riding, finished third. One
race after Lost in the Fog's 10-race winning
streak was snapped, Leroidesanimaux' eight-race
streak went the same way.
Schiller was winning for the 10th time in 19
starts for Mrs. Thomas J. Walsh and Timber Bay
Farm. He not only became a millionaire with
the victory, with the $1,053,000 winner's share,
Artie shot to $2,003,853 in lifetime earnings.
He has won half of his eight starts over the
Belmont turf. Jimmy Jerkins trains the son of
El Prado out of the Majestic Light mare Hidden
was the first Breeders' Cup win for the Jerkens
family. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens is the son of
Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens.
horse always runs his eyeballs out," Jerkens
said. "The race happened the way you dream
about it. The horse has a strong run but it's
a short one and you have to time it just right.
He saved ground and he got out just at the right
time and everything worked out."
race was marred by the breakdown of Funfair,
who was pulled up through the field and collapsed,
having to be taken off the track in an ambulance
with a broken leg. After examination, Funfair
was later euthanized with a multiple fracture.
broke down behind," Prado said. "We
were fourth at the time and I tried to pull
him out so he didn't go down in the middle of
mare Sand Springs took the early lead in the
race, with Ad Valorem and Valixir prominently
placed early as well, through an opening quarter
in :23.47 and a half in :46.68.
the bend Sand Springs tried to hold on, but
Ad Valorem grabbed the lead with Leroidesanimaux,
ridden by John Velazquez, lurking close by.
The latter got to the front in the stretch but
seemed to toil over the soft going. Singletary,
last year's Mile victor, loomed large but failed
to kick on down the lane.
Schiller, though, had no such trouble. Piloted
by Garrett Gomez, who picked up his second winner
on the Breeders' Cup program while replacing
the injured Richard Migloire, Artie Schiller
was clearly going best the final 100 yards.
He stopped the clock in 1:36.10. Leroidesanimaux
held second by a nose. Gorella finished a head
in front of Whipper and after that, the order
of finish was Majors Cast, Limehouse, Host,
Singletary, Ad Valorem, Valixir, and Sand Springs.
left the gate a little flat-footed and I was
a little worried because when I looked outside,
half the field was in front me," Gomez
said. "Part of the advantage of being down
inside like this, some of the guys get hung
out, and some drop out, and I ended up in a
good spot. Then I just had to wait and at the
top of the lane and, I finally got out a little
bit. And when he went, he really went and did
what he had to do."
Schiller, who was bred in Kentucky by Haras
du Mezeray, paid $13.20, $5 and $3.90. Leroidesanimaux
returned $3.80 and $3. Gorella was $6 to show.
tried to get him to stay back off the others
on the backstretch, but he was strong the whole
way," said Velazquez, who has been aboard
Leroidesanimaux for his past three starts. "He
was just very aggressive, and he because of
that, I could never get him to the point where
he felt comfortable without getting in his mouth.
did try in the stretch when I asked him. He
just didn't have enough left to hold off the
raced with bar shoes.
we took the shoes off him this morning to put
new ones on, we found out we had to put aluminum
pads on him," said trainer Bobby Frankel.
"We didn't know this until this morning.
He walked and warmed up fine with those shoes.
Even though I thought about taking him out of
this race, I thought it was going to be OK.
It was the shoes and the outside post that got
him beat today. Maybe (Velazquez) should have
put him on the lead, but that's just second