Artie Schiller offspring rack up Group stakes double in Australia
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Top American third-crop sire Artie Schiller's reputation as an international stallion continues to grow with a Australian Group stakes double on the final day of March, highlighted by Laser Hawk's stirring victory in the Group 1 win in the Rosehill Guineas, and followed up with 2-year-old his two year-old daughter Big Chill capturing the Group 3 SAJC Marsh Breeders S. in Adelaide.

The black-type double moved Artie Schiller to the top of Australia's second-crop sire list. The WinStar stallion shuttles to the southern hemisphere to Independent Stallions, where he stood in 2011, covering a book of 118 mares at a fee of $13,200.

Laser Hawk, a southern hemisphere foal of 2008, won the 2000 meter (about 1 ¼ miles) race  by a head, digging in stoutly to hold off a charge of three challengers. Laser Hawk settled close to the lead early, forged to the front halfway down the straight and held on to win by a half neck from New Zealand raiders Ocean Park and favorite Silent Achiever.

“He has beaten the best Australasia has to offer,” winning trainer Gai Waterhouse said. “He did what he is bred to do. It's wonderful. This horse took a big step today and it's just super.”

"You won't find a better three-year-old stayer,” Waterhouse added.

Laser Hawk, a half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Desert War, scored his fourth career win in five starts and took his prize money past $400,000.  He will make his next start in two weeks in Australia's premier race for sophomores, the the $1.5 million ATC Australian Derby at 2,400 meters (about 1 ½ miles) at Randwick Racecourse.

Big Chill, who has the unique distinction of having two trainers: Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra,  took the 1,200 meter (about 5 ½ furlong) Marsh S. against eight juvenile fillies. Coming from off the pace, she took over with about a quarter mile to run.

“The way she traveled today was excellent. She jumped well, raced handy on the pace before showing a nice little turn of foot,” said Zahra. “We couldn’t have asked for more from her and we think she will improve again off that win. She will gain a lot of confidence from that and will only get better with time.”

The victory was the second in three lifetime starts for Big Chill. She has now earned $88,475 for her owners Nick & Gayle Psaltis.
Gemologist filly stellar in Saratoga unveiling title=
Gemologist

Gemologist filly stellar in Saratoga unveiling

Ingrid lived up to her advanced billing with an eye-catching six-length victory in a Saratoga maiden special weight contest Wednesday...

[read more]

Paynter colt near top at OBS August Yearling sale title=
Paynter

Paynter colt near top at OBS August Yearling sale

Paynter, whose first crop are yearlings of 2016, had one of the top-five selling lots during the first day, the Selected session, of the Aug. 23-25 OBS August Yearlings sale...

[read more]

Trio of six-figure Gemologist yearlings at OBS Select sale title=
Gemologist

Trio of six-figure Gemologist yearlings at OBS Select sale

Gemologist, the leading freshman sire at the OBS April Sale, was again at the top of the list for first crop sires for the Select session of the OBS August Yearling sale...

[read more]

Midnight Storm tops big day at Del Mar for Pioneerof the Nile title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Midnight Storm tops big day at Del Mar for Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile's top turf star Midnight Storm scored his third consecutive stakes victory on Sunday with a game half-length tally in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile H. (G2)...

[read more]

Tiznow's Tourist wins Grade 1 Fourstardave H. title=
Tiznow

Tiznow's Tourist wins Grade 1 Fourstardave H.

WinStar Farm's homebred Tourist turned in a stellar performance in Saturday's $500,000 Fourstardave H. (G1) at Saratoga to give the 5-year-old son of Tiznow his first graded stakes victory...

[read more]

Bodemeister colt sparkles in MdSpWt debut at Laurel title=
Bodemeister

Bodemeister colt sparkles in MdSpWt debut at Laurel

O Dionysus powered through the Laurel Park stretch, rallying strongly from seventh with a quarter-mile to run to take his debut by a widening 2 3/4-lengths...

[read more]

Nemoralia dominant in first graded stakes victory title=
More Than Ready

Nemoralia dominant in first graded stakes victory

More Than Ready's top-class 3-year-old filly Nemoralia earned her first graded stakes win on Aug....

[read more]

Speightstown filly sharp in Saratoga debut title=
Speightstown

Speightstown filly sharp in Saratoga debut

Beat the Benchmark delivered on her pre-race promise with a gutsy maiden special weight victory over the Saratoga turf on Monday...

[read more]

Gemologist colt sells for $235K at Saratoga Preferred Sale title=
Gemologist

Gemologist colt sells for $235K at Saratoga Preferred Sale

Gemologist's latest sales offering brought a winning bid of $235,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred Preferred Yearlings sale on Aug. 14...

[read more]

Gemologist tallies another MdSpWt winner title=
Gemologist

Gemologist tallies another MdSpWt winner

Gemacho, making just his second start, scored a wire-to-wire maiden special weight victory at one mile over the Ellis Park turf course on Sunday...

[read more]