08/08/2004 11:00PM

Artie Schiller romps home


Artie Schiller was trapped in traffic, had to wait for a horse to clear him on the turn, and then swing out for room. He was just giving his rivals a head start. Unleashing a wicked turn of foot after turning into the stretch, Artie Schiller roared past his rivals Monday to post a 4 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Handicap at Saratoga.

The victory was the fourth in the last five starts for Artie Schiller. Ridden by Richard Migliore, Artie Schiller flew through the final furlong in less than 12 seconds, completing 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:47.71. Mustanfar nosed out Good Reward for second.

Artie Schiller paid $4 as the even-money favorite in the field of eight.

Icy Atlantic and Street Theatre traded volleys through a moderate pace for the first six furlongs. Artie Schiller was right behind, between Good Reward and Second Performance, with nowhere to run. But after letting Second Performance move past him on the outside, Migliore was able to tip Artie Schiller outside horses, and he took off.

Artie Schiller, a son of El Prado, is trained by Jimmy Jerkens.