06/07/2004 12:00AM

Belmont: Artie Schiller cruises


ELMONT, N.Y. - Artie Schiller solidified his credentials as New York's top 3-year-old turf horse by cruising to a 1 3/4-length victory in Sunday's Grade 3, $110,000 Hill Prince Handicap at Belmont Park.

Timo, the only horse who has beaten Artie Schiller on turf, finished second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Big Booster. Good Reward, War Trace, and Kennel Up completed the order of finish.

Artie Schiller won for the third time in five weeks and is 5 for 6 on turf. He is now poised to challenge Kitten's Joy, who is unbeaten (5 for 5) on turf.

After an opening quarter run in 26.18 seconds, Richard Migliore moved Artie Schiller from second position to the lead, and he simply galloped from there, opening up in the stretch when Migliore moved his hands on him. Artie Schiller completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.06 over turf labeled firm and returned $3.90 as the odds-on choice.