We Miss Artie wins Spiral Stakes, but …

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By TrackSide View | Category: Handicapping

Ron Correll
Senior columnist

(Updated 3-23-14)

You must take a close look at We Miss Artie after his win in the Spiral Stakes Saturday at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky. Although I think he is a pure synthetic and turf horse, it seems that colts that run well on the Polytrack at Turfway and Keeneland seem to do well on the dirt at Churchill Downs.

I don’t like the horse at all as a pure dirt horse, but you must be forewarned about how you use him in betting on Derby day.

The son of Artie Schiller has 60 points for the Kentucky Derby and is guaranteed a spot in the starting gate. He also could run in the American Turf at Churchill on Derby day or he could head north and run in the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine in Canada. It just depends on which one he has the better chances of winning. Of course, “Derby Fever” by his owners could make all that mute. He is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Enough said.

The minor awards in the Spiral went to Harry’s Holiday (20) (he’s not Triple Crown nominated), Coastline (10) and Asserting Bear (5)

I will list the number of points each horse has behind their names.

Cairo Prince (14) is by Pioneerof the Nile and dominated the Grade 2 Holy Bull and stays here until another colt really impresses me. He will wait until the Florida Derby.

California Chrome (50) is by Lucky Pulpit and destroyed the field in the San Felipe. The race was first run in 1952 and California Chrome’s winning time of 1:40.59 was the second fastest in the history of the race. All he has to do is get to Kentucky and I think he’ll surprise a lot of people.

Social Inclusion (0) is by Pioneerof the Nile and made Honor Code look average in an allowance race March 12 at Gulfstream Park. Colt headed to Wood Memorial.

Intense Holiday (53) is by Harlan’s Holiday and he won the Risen Star and this maybe Pletcher’s Derby horse.

Samraat (60) is by Noble Causeway and fought gallantly to win the Gotham. Wood Memorial likely next.

Hoppertunity (55) is by Any Given Saturday and won the Rebel on March 15.

Tapiture (42) is by Tapit and was second in the Rebel after a rough stretch run.

We Miss Artie (60) is by Artie Schiller and won the Spiral at Turfway Park.

Ride On Curlin (15) is by Curlin and was third in the Rebel, a half-length behind the winner.

Wildcat Red (50) is by D’Wildcat and he won the Fountain of Youth but I don’t think he wants to go farther.

General a Rod (20) is by Roman Ruler and he could not run down Wildcat Red in the Fountain of Youth.

Albano (24) is by Istan and was second in the Risen Star. He too may have distant limitations.

Uncle Sigh (24) is by Indian Charlie and lost the Gotham by a neck. Wood is next.

In Trouble (10) is by Tiz Wonderful and was another neck back in third in the Gotham. Wood is next.

Ring Weekend (50) is by Tapit and won the Tampa Bay Derby.

Vicar’s in Trouble (20) is by Into Mischief and he was third in the Risen Star. Jury still out.

Honor Code (14) is by AP Indy and was second in an allowance race on March 12 at Gulfstream. He looked like he had been off for several months.

Rise Up (10) is by Rockport Harbor and had a terrible start in the Risen Star, rushed up and was rank. He did himself in. He gets one more chance.

Tamarando (12) is by Bertrando and ran poorly in the Spiral Stakes.

Midnight Hawk (32) is by Midnight Lute and was second in the San Felipe.

Candy Boy (10) is by Candy Ride and the Santa Anita Derby is next.

Noble Moon (10) is by Malibu Moon.

Havana (14) is by Dunkirk was scratched from Swale with quarter crack. I think this guy is off the Derby Trail. No official announcement.

The rest can be in any order:

Ami’s Holiday (10), Strong Mandate (11), Casiguapo (5), Classic Giacnroll (5), East Hall (5), Conquest Titan (9), Smarty’s Echo (4), Bayern and Vinceremos (30). Bond Holder (11) is by Mineshaft and has laminitis.

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