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.
Distorted Humor colt brings $850,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic title=
Distorted Humor

Distorted Humor colt brings $850,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic

Tuesday was another banner day in the sales ring for Distorted Humor when a colt by the champion sire brought a winning bid of $850,000 ...

[read more]

$270,000 Paynter colt Tuesday at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic title=
Paynter

$270,000 Paynter colt Tuesday at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic

Paynter's 2-year-olds continue to bring top prices in the sales ring, the latest a $270,000 colt during the second day of the May 22-23 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale...

[read more]

$290,000 Super Saver filly at Midlantic Sale Day 1 title=
Super Saver

$290,000 Super Saver filly at Midlantic Sale Day 1

A Super Saver filly brought $290,000 during the first day of the May 22-23 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training sale...

[read more]

Beautifully-bred Bodemeister filly scores at Monmouth Park title=
Bodemeister

Beautifully-bred Bodemeister filly scores at Monmouth Park

Waitingforaspark graduated from the maiden ranks in her second lifetime start Sunday at Monmouth Park...

[read more]

American Anthem speeds to victory in Grade 3 Laz Barrera S. title=
Bodemeister

American Anthem speeds to victory in Grade 3 Laz Barrera S.

One week after Always Dreaming captured the Kentucky Derby (G1), Bodemeister chalked up another graded stakes-winning 3-year-old colt when American Anthem won the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera S. (G3)...

[read more]

Speightstown colt towers over rivals in Queenston S. win title=
Speightstown

Speightstown colt towers over rivals in Queenston S. win

Yorkton became Speightstown's 81st lifetime stakes winner on Saturday with an impressive, 3 1/2-length, front-running score in the $125,000 Queenston S. at Woodbine...

[read more]

Bodemeister colt is a “Dream” come true in Kentucky Derby (G1) 143 title=
Bodemeister

Bodemeister colt is a “Dream” come true in Kentucky Derby (G1) 143

Always Dreaming put on a terrific display over a wet race track in Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1), winning the first leg of the Triple Crown by 2 3/4-lengths...

[read more]

Bowies Hero goes last to first in Singletary S. title=
Artie Schiller

Bowies Hero goes last to first in Singletary S.

Bowies Hero overcame a less than ideal start in Saturday's $75,000 Singletary S., but the 3-year-old Artie Schiller colt erased his early deficit with a stirring stretch run...

[read more]

Speightstown filly very game in Eight Belles S. (G2) win title=
Speightstown

Speightstown filly very game in Eight Belles S. (G2) win

Benner Island gallantly fought off the late charge of Union Strike to take the $200,000 Eight Belles S. (G2) by a head on a rainy Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs...

[read more]

Overanalyze leaps to top of Freshman Sire list title=
Overanalyze

Overanalyze leaps to top of Freshman Sire list

Analyze Your Luck became the second winner for his sire Overanalyze with a 2 1/4-length debut maiden special weight victory Friday at Aqueduct...

[read more]