09/13/2006 11:00PM

Artie Schiller retired at age 5


ELMONT, N.Y. - Artie Schiller, the winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Mile and runner-up in the Eclipse Award voting for male turf champion, has been retired from racing. He will stand stud at Hurricane Hall near Lexington, Ky.

Artie Schiller, a son of El Prado, won 10 of 22 career starts and earned $2,088,853 for owners William Entenmann and Denise Walsh. Jimmy Jerkens trained Artie Schiller, who was plagued by ankle problems following his fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 5.

"It'll be a long time before I get anything like him, that's for sure," Jerkens said. "I hope it isn't, but he'd have to be awfully good."

Artie Schiller won seven stakes, including Grade 2 events such as the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Jamaica, Bernard Baruch, and Maker's Mark Mile, as well as the Grade 3 Hill Prince and listed Woodlawn. He was beaten a neck, nose, or head in four other graded events.

Artie Schiller capped his 4-year-old season with a three-quarter-length victory over Leroidesanimaux in the Breeders' Cup Mile. Still, Leroidesanimaux won the turf championship by three votes over Artie Schiller.

Jerkens said it was frustrating that Artie Schiller didn't win the championship.

"Especially after the way this year turned out, absolutely," Jerkens said.

Artie Schiller ran only three times this year, getting beaten a nose by Miesque's Approval in the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland and a neck by Better Talk Now and Dreadnaught in the Dixie at Pimlico. He was shockingly non-competitive when fourth in the Fourstardave at Saratoga. He did not come out of the race that well, and two subsequent workouts were below par, Jerkens said.

"His last work was very slow, and he didn't come out of his stall good that afternoon," Jerkens said, referring to a five-furlong move in 1:05.04 on Sept. 1 at Saratoga. "One ankle in particular was really starting to [hurt], and we couldn't get him sound enough on a consistent basis."

Artie Schiller will stand for a syndicate for a fee of $15,000.

"Artie Schiller is an elite miler and was a very good 2-year-old," said Ben Walden, who owns Hurricane Hall with Brad Kelley, Patrick Madden, and David Hanley.

Attila's Storm targets Phoenix

Attila's Storm will likely get just one chance to make it to the Breeders' Cup Sprint, most likely in the Grade 3, $100,000 Phoenix Breeders' Cup at Keeneland on Oct. 7, trainer Richard Schosberg said.

Attila's Storm is trying to make it back from a fracture in his left hind leg suffered when he finished third, beaten a neck, in the Palos Verdes at Santa Anita in January. He has been working steadily since July 26, including a four-furlong gate workout in 47.77 seconds on Sept. 9 at Belmont. It was the best of 71 works at the distance.

"He worked beautifully out of there," said trainer Richard Schosberg. "He's done everything exactly how we wanted it and more. It's just the timing. We can't get two races in before the Breeders' Cup, so it's a tough road to hoe. It's not going to be easy."

Attila's Storm finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint last year and followed that with a win in the Fall Highweight at Aqueduct and a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Malibu at Santa Anita.

Debbie Got Even likely to Alcibiades

Trainer Nick Zito opted to get more seasoning into his promising 2-year-old filly Debbie Got Even, shipping her Monday to Delaware Park, where she won a first-level allowance race by three-quarters of a length over a loose-on-the-lead Akronism.

Zito said Tim Samms, the racing manager for owners Tomisue Hilbert and John Menard, thought Debbie Got Even would benefit from more seasoning rather than being sent directly into a stakes race.

Now, off the allowance win, Debbie Got Even will most likely make her stakes debut in the $400,000 Alcibiades on Oct. 6.

"I think she might be a really special filly," Zito said. "If she does okay in the Alcibiades, we'll go onto the Breeders' Cup."

* Extreme Supreme, a promising 3-year-old son of Deputy Minister, makes his first start against winners in Saturday's sixth race. On July 28 at Saratoga, Extreme Supreme won a maiden race by seven lengths over two next-out winners. The field for the one-mile race includes On Board Again, Oh So Awesome, Superfly, and Touchdown Kid.