Artie Schiller makes up for '04 in BC Mile

Oct. 29, 2005 at 11:10 PM
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ELMONT, N.Y., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Artie Schiller made up for last year, making up ground in the stretch to snatch Saturday's $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont Park.

Artie Schiller, owned by Mrs. Thomas J. Walsh and Timber Bay Farm, covered the grass course in 1:36, finishing ahead of favorite Leroidesanimaux by 3/4 length. Gorella was third and Whipper fourth in the 12-horse field.

Funfair was unable to finish the race after breaking a hind leg.

"He 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," Artie Schiller jockey Garrett 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. It was a pleasure to ride him."

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said the race "happened the way you dream about it."

The win pushed the 4-year-old colt's earnings to $1.7 million in 19 career starts. Last year, he went off as the favorite but failed to finish in the money.

Artie Schiller paid $13.20, $5.00 and $3.90; Leroidesanimaux, $3.80 and $3.00; and Gorella, $6.00 for show.

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