The $150,000 Artie Schiller gets the stakes action underway at the Aqueduct meet on Saturday with a field of 10 going one mile on the inner turf course.
A dozen were entered, two which are main track only entrants and while rain is in the forecast for Friday, it looks as if we should be on the grass on Saturday afternoon.
The Tom Morley trained Tell Your Daddy is the 3-1 morning line favorite. The gelding was a troubled second in the Keeneland Turf Mile (G1) in his last outing. He earned his third consecutive triple digit Beyer Speed Figure in the effort.
“I think we could have won the race if we had got a clean trip like the winner did down the lane. We got a little bumped here and there,” Jay Provenzano of Flying P Stable said. “We thought we stood a chance to get into the Breeders’ Cup but we ended up third on the list.”
Keeneland Turf Mile Replay
The Chad Brown trained Flavius is the second choice at 7-2 on the morning line. The six-year-old was fifth in the Mint Million (G3) at Kentucky Downs in his last start. He won the restricted Lure at Saratoga in his previous outing.
The Mark Casse trained March to the Arch is worth a look if he goes off near his 8-1 morning line. The gelding was fourth in the Woodbine Mile (G1) last out. He was second in the Woodbine Mile last year.
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The Artie Schiller is the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race card. First post is 11:50 a.m. Eastern.
Let’s head out to Aqueduct for Saturday’s featured race of the day:
Aqueduct Race 9 The Artie Schiller 3:43 ET
4 March to the Arch 8-1
6 Tell Your Daddy 3-1
1 Flavius 7-2
7 En Wye Cee 8-1
March to the Arch
The Casse trainee stalked the early pace while saving ground, had to steady when attempting to alter course to the outside and came with a good late run to finish fourth last out on good ground in the Woodbine Mile (G1), beaten 3 ¼ lengths. Tow have exited that race to win stakes and the third-place finisher Raging Bull came back to run a decent fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1). His lone win in four starts this year came in the Niagara three back over good ground at Woodbine. Last year he earned back to back triple digit Beyers at Woodbine, winning the King Edward (G2) and then running second in the Woodbine Mile. He looks headed in the right direction and has shown he can handle ground with some give to it which may be the case today with rain falling here on Friday. Decent value if he goes off near his 8-1 morning line.
Tell Your Daddy
This gelding exits the Keeneland Turf Mile (G1) where he stalked the early pace while saving ground, bumped with a foe when getting off the inside, then was impeded by a foe drifting in on him. He finished up with good interest for the runner up spot, beaten 1 ½ lengths. The third-place finisher Somelikeithotbrown came back to win the New York bred Mohawk in his next start while the fourth-place finisher Ivar came back to run third in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The Morley trainee won the Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2) two back over yielding ground and comes in here with three consecutive triple digit Beyers. The barn is coming off a strong Belmont Park meeting, winning at a 34% clip. The gelding reunites with Johnny V. who was abord for his win two back.
This guy won the restricted Lure two back at Saratoga with a big number, taking the field gate to wire. Three came out of that race to win next out including our second choice Tell Your Daddy. He then regressed last out at Kentucky Downs where he stalked the early pace in the Mint Million (G3), made a good middle move to get into the fray and then did not have any punch eft late in a fifth-place finish. He was the beaten favorite in that outing and speed figure wise it as his lowest number since coming to the states and landing with Brown. He figures to bounce back with a better effort in this spot and handled ground less than firm in Ireland but has caught nothing but firm ground in the U.S. in the afternoons.