First winner for Artie Schiller

Independent Stallions shuttler Artie Schiller sired his first winner when Anne’s Beauty won at Woodbine on Friday.  The filly scored by more than two lengths over 1300m second time out.  She had been placed on debut at Woodbine on July 31.

Anne’s Beauty (2f Artie Schiller – Lucky Streak by Sea Wall) was a $30,000 buy at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.  Her dam is a winning half-sister to stakes winners First Tea and Asher.

Artie Schiller (El Prado) won on debut in a 2YO Maiden at Belmont Park for trainer Jimmy Jerkens.  As a three-year-old in 2004, he added the G2 Jamaica Hcp, G2 Hall of Fame Hcp, G3 Hill Prince Stakes and Listed Woodlawn Stakes.

He was dispatched as the 7-2 favourite for the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Lone Star Park but encountered trouble on both turns and wound up well back.

The following year he added the G2 Maker’s Mark Mile and G2 Bernard Baruch Hcp and rolled to a career-high victory in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Belmont.   He amassed $2.08 million in earnings from a record of 22: 10-5-3.

Artie Schiller is out of Hidden Light (Majestic Light) who was a G1 winner of the Santa Anita Oaks and Hollywood Oaks.  Her other foals include South African stakes winner Our Table Mountain (Fusaichi Pegasus) and G2 performer Speed to Burn (Red Ransom).

Hidden Light is a sister to G1 San Juan Capistrano Hcp and G1 San Luis Rey Stakes winner Prince True who was based in Australia in the 1990s.  

Artie Schiller’s initial southern yearlings were offered at this year’s majors and averaged $43,132 off a 2008 service fee of $20,000.  Highest price was a $165,000 for a colt bred by Bob Scarborough at the Gold Coast Magic Millions.

Artie Schiller averaged books of 90 mares in his first three seasons shuttling from Pauls Mill in Kentucky to Independent Stallions in Victoria.  His was replaced by US Ranger this year but will return to Victoria in 2011.