Juddmonte homebred and 'TDN Rising Star' Artorius (c, 3, Arrogate–Paulassilverlining, by Ghostzapper), a very promising maiden winner second out going a one-turn mile at Belmont June 10, potentially punched his ticket to the GI Runhappy Travers S. Aug. 27 with an eye-catching victory in Friday's Curlin S. at Saratoga.
Drawn widest of all in post eight while making his two-turn debut in this 1 1/8-mile affair, the 5-2 chance tucked in to race in a perfect spot in a ground-saving fourth. Locked and loaded beneath Irad Ortiz, Jr. on far turn, he was tipped out at the quarter pole and took off impressively in the stretch to win going away by 4 3/4 lengths. Gilded Age (Medaglia d'Oro) was second; favored GI Preakness S. third-place finisher Creative Minister (Creative Cause) was third.
Artorius was featured in Steve Sherack's 'Second Chances' series after rallying smartly from far back to finish a debut second at Keeneland Apr. 16.
Artorius becomes the fourth black-type winner for his brilliant and late second-crop sire Arrogate.
Juddmonte purchased Artorius's dam Paulassilverlining privately from breeder Vince Scuderi ahead of her 5-year-old season with the gone-to-soon Arrogate in mind as a future mate. She recorded two wins at the highest level that term-the GI Madison S. and GI Humana Distaff S.-while carrying Juddmonte's green-and-pink silks.
Paulassilverlining, a half-sister to two-time GI Carter H. winner Dads Caps (Discreet Cat), is also responsible for the 2-year-old filly Parameter (Into Mischief), currently in training with Chad Brown at Saratoga, and a Tapit filly of this year.
CURLIN S., $135,000, Saratoga, 7-29, (C), 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:50.34, ft.
1–ARTORIUS, 118, c, 3, by Arrogate
1st Dam: Paulassilverlining (MGISW, $1,516,230), by
2nd Dam: Seeking the Silver, by Grindstone
3rd Dam: Apache Pines, by Pancho Villa
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-Juddmonte; B-Juddmonte Farms Inc
(KY); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $74,250. Lifetime
Record: 3-2-1-0, $142,250.
2–Gilded Age, 120, c, 3, Medaglia d'Oro–Angela Renee, by
Bernardini. ($600,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-Grandview Equine
& Don Alberto Stable; B-Don Alberto Corporation (KY);
T-William I. Mott. $27,000.
3–Creative Minister, 120, c, 3, Creative Cause–Tamboz, by
Tapit. ($180,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-Fern Circle Stables, Back
Racing, LLC & Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek); B-Dell Ridge
Farm, LLC (KY); T-Kenneth G. McPeek. $16,200.
Margins: 4 3/4, 1HF, NO. Odds: 2.70, 10.90, 1.85.
Also Ran: A. P.'s Secret, Western River, Golden Glider, Make It Big, Be Better. Scratched: Wolfe County.
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