06/15/2004 12:00AM

Timo, Artie Schiller part ways


ELMONT, N.Y. - Artie Schiller and Timo, two of the top 3-year-old turf horses on the East Coast, have already met four times in their brief careers. The fifth meeting will have to wait.

Artie Schiller, who has beaten Timo three times, including a 1 3/4-length score in the Grade 3 Hill Prince here on June 6, is being pointed to the $500,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs on July 10. Timo, who defeated Artie Schiller in last year's Pilgrim Stakes, is expected to make his next start in the $200,000 Arlington Classic on July 3 at Arlington Park.

Tuesday, Timo breezed six furlongs in 1:15.43 over Belmont's main track with John Velazquez in the irons.

"Excellent," Tracy Badgett, assistant trainer to his brother, Billy, said. "Johnny said he was very good; he finished strong. The track was dead as far as I was told by the clockers. He's a laid-back horse, he just does enough. This was like a maintenance breeze just to keep his mind on his business."

Timo owns victories in the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes, the Mecke, and the Pilgrim.

Meanwhile, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said he preferred the Virginia Derby because it gives him an extra week, has a big purse, and isn't as far of a ship as Chicago. Artie Schiller, who just won three races in five weeks, will attempt 10 furlongs for the first time in the Virginia Derby.

"I don't know about the longer distance. He might not want to wait [to make his move] that long,'' Jerkens said. "I guess it shouldn't be that big a difference between a mile and an eighth and a mile and a quarter, but sometimes it is.''

Jerkens said that Multiple Choice, who made a winning turf debut in the Jaipur, is on target for the Grade 3, $100,000 Poker Handicap to be run here on July 10.

Brooklyn winner Iron Deputy retired

Iron Deputy, who gave Jerkens his biggest win in last year's Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap, has been retired.

Iron Deputy has been plagued by physical problems throughout his career, but Jerkens said "an ankle [problem] that he has had for quite a while'' was the reason for his retirement. Iron Deputy had not run since finishing third in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup last Aug. 16, but earlier this year was training at Palm Meadows in south Florida.

"We were thinking about bringing him back, but decided against it,'' said Jerkens, who trained Iron Deputy for Susan and John Moore. "The handwriting was on the wall down in Florida. He'd just take your breath away breezing in the morning. He wasn't doing that in Florida."

Iron Deputy, a Kentucky-bred son of Silver Deputy-Femme de Fer, by Iron Duke, retired with 5 wins, 1 second, and 1 third from 10 starts. He earned $370,900.

"There was a lot of stops and starts with him, but he was awfully good,'' Jerkens said.

Jerkens said Iron Deputy is currently at the New Jersey Equine Clinic, and will likely remain there until stallion arrangements are finalized.

Sinister G eyes Delaware races

Sinister G, the upset winner of the Grade 2 Lane's End Stakes in March, is being pointed to next Tuesday's $50,000 The Floor Show Stakes at Delaware Park. His trainer, John Toscano Jr., hopes to use that as a prep for the $250,000 Leonard Richards Stakes at Delaware on July 18. Both races are run at 1 1/16 miles.

Tuesday, Sinister G worked four furlongs in 46.23 seconds over a fast but dull Belmont main track. It was the fastest of 30 moves at the distance.

"We blew him out today for that race next week," Toscano said. "He went a little faster than I wanted; I got him in 45-and-four and out in 58. We were going to go to the Ohio Derby and it involved shipping him, and [Todd] Pletcher was sending two there. We decided to give him a breather and go for an easier spot and hopefully get his confidence back.''

Sinister G has not run since finishing eighth of 10 in the Peter Pan Stakes on May 22. Prior to that, he finished 10th of 11 in the Wood Memorial.

Bettor's singles equaled grand slam

The sole bettor who correctly hit Sunday's pick six worth $654,316 played four tickets totaling more than $6,500, but hit the gimmick with a $648 ticket that included two gutsy singles and the all button in the last leg.

The bettor, who placed his wager at the Holiday Beach and Casino in Curacao in the Caribbean, singled Clarksburg Queen ($8.90) in the second leg and Mambo Slew ($12) in the fifth leg. He went three deep in the first leg, which was won by Private Boot ($11.80); three deep in the third leg won by Love and Kris's ($6.30), and three deep in the fourth leg won by Mighty Gulch ($10.60). He was alive with every horse in the last leg, but became the sole pick six winner when longshot Robyns Gold Charm won at an $88.50 mutuel.

According to New York Racing Association officials, the bettor also played tickets worth $2,520, $2,100, and $1,260.