04/28/2014 12:55PM

We Miss Artie gets new shoes

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Barbara D. Livingston
We Miss Artie (right), working with Intense Holiday on Sunday, will be outfitted with thin shoes on his rear feet to help him better handle the dirt at Churchill Downs.

Trainer Todd Pletcher was candid following We Miss Artie’s workout Sunday, describing it as poor for a horse who usually works well on dirt, even though his best races have been on turf and synthetic.

On Monday, upon more reflection, Pletcher said he still wasn’t happy with the way he worked but did offer a few reasons why We Miss Artie wasn’t as sharp as he had hoped.

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“He’s been shod for turf behind, so we’ll put some thins on behind for the race,” Pletcher said, referring to We Miss Artie’s rear shoes.

Pletcher also said he thought We Miss Artie suffered by comparison because he worked in tandem with Intense Holiday, whose work was exceptional. In addition, We Miss Artie was on the inside of Intense Holiday, and by and large, horses closer to the rail struggled more with the cuppy surface that existed over the weekend.

BoughPena More than 1 year ago
This is unrelated to this article, but today 5/4/2014 playing Gulfstream Park noticed a typo or a miscalculation in the Beyer Speed figure, or so I believe. Driven by Desire ran on the same date as Gridiron Great. The former ran on 4th race and final time was 1.43.20 and he was given 60 BSF, 6 1/4 lengths behind the winner in Md 12500, and the latter ran on 2nd race and final time was 1.42.20, Md 35000 was given 57 BSF while 5 3/4 lengths behind the winner. Next race they both running for Md12500, guess who won? Gridiron Great won by a pole. There's got to be typo or something else in here.
Trisha Hamilton More than 1 year ago
Yet, forgot to mention that if he scratches then Pablo Del Mont will get his post! Which he likes post # 1 but will never make the distance unfortunately...but PDM is a great pacesetter just never seen him get up to close!
B More than 1 year ago
There are probably worse horses in this field than Wee Miss Artie as he has shown more talent than some of the others, but on this surface at this track I expect him to come in very close to last. That this horse won't win the Derby is the best bet of the day.
Five More than 1 year ago
Maybe, Baffer will get to run Bayern to please the owner. How do you explain to the owner, who allow a trainer to buy lots of expensive 2yo's and NOT get one to the Derby gate. Yea, I know, he says, he's not running..........BUT... who believes deceptive Baffer anyway.......
Steve Prain More than 1 year ago
Getting to the derby is very tough can't always buy your way in. But on the other hand Wolf bought a second chance for very little to today's standards
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
I guess you have to come up with something when the owner is insistent on running and you know the horse is coming up to the race poorly. The hype of this race just gets overblown. Sure its everybody's dream to run in the derby, but just to run when your horse his not bringing his "A" game is just selfish. Thats how animals and jocks get injured.
Mike More than 1 year ago
Well Said!
Bryan Tripoli More than 1 year ago
Not that i like the horse all that much, but just because he didn't bring his "A" game for the work doesn't mean he won't bring it Saturday. Also, Intense Holiday is a horse who possesses great natural speed, while We Miss Artie is a plodder, so you can't take a 4F work at face value as Intense Holiday was likely to outwork him to begin with. If you owned a Derby horse who was a proven closer and his final work was slow, but he was going into the race healthy and sound, you would run your horse.
Bryan Tripoli More than 1 year ago
Also, there is no basis to your assertion that running We Miss Artie puts the horse and his jock jock or other horses/jocks in the race at risk of being injured.
Nick Frazzetto More than 1 year ago
I for one think this horse will run on Saturday and run big!! The reason being Javier Castellano. Why would one of the hottest jockeys with magic hands at the moment get on a mount that looks like he doesn't belong in the race and was out worked by Intense Holiday on Sunday? Now look at the Florida Derby and how he out rode John Velasquez. We Miss Artie will run down the leaders in deep stretch and win going away, you heard it here first. good Luck
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
He's riding him because all his other mounts have gotten hurt. Horse won't crack the top 15.
jody More than 1 year ago
its so nice to hear from such experts about everything a trainer should do with his or her horse to get it to the derby.
Trisha Hamilton More than 1 year ago
I have been thinking the same thing as far as the owner of WMA, yet he could have something up his sleeve with insurance or maybe owner trainer holding him back for huge payout if he did win by some chance!