10/24/2010 4:59PM

Oak Tree: An Artsy win for a firster


The first-time starter Mr Artistic M D led throughout a six-furlong maiden race for 2-year-olds to win his career debut in Sunday's fourth race. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Mr Artistic M D ($3.20) rallied from just off the pace to finish a half-length in front of pacesetter Shelter Cove.

Mr Artistic M D is by Mr Greeley and was purchased for $180,000 as a weanling at Keeneland in 2008. He races for Mark Dedomenico and is trained by Kathy Walsh.

The gelding raced in front wraps for his first start, which was originally scheduled for turf but shifted to the main track because of wet conditions earlier in the week.