05/15/2004 12:00AM

Woodlawn: Artie Schiller romps under Migliore


Richard Migliore pulled no punches when he got off Artie Schiller after guiding him to a 3 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Woodlawn Stakes at Pimlico.

"He just might be the best 3-year-old running today," Migliore said.

Migliore did a super job of getting Artie Schiller a ground-saving trip from post 7. After stalking the pace from the inside, Migliore eased Artie Schiller outside for the stretch run and, when clear, they drew off authoritatively. Artie Schiller, who is now 4 for 5 on turf, completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.86 and returned $7.40 to win.

Lipan outfinished Timo, the 8-5 favorite, by a neck for second.

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens gave Artie Schiller a good part of the winter off simply because he wasn't doing well training in south Florida.

"He just didn't look the part - he looked skinny, he wasn't carrying any flesh," Jerkens said. "I didn't see the point [in going on]. He didn't respond to the usual things; we just pretty much goofed off with him the rest of the winter and got real serious with him when we got home."

The next logical spot for Artie Schiller is the Grade 3, $100,000 Hill Prince at Belmont Park on June 6, though Jerkens worries the race may be too close.