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Artistic Fella 1:51 winner

April 21, 2006

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Artistic Fella, a $13,000 yearling purchase at the New Jersey Classic by owner Joseph Alborano, won the $72,770 Robert J. Suslow final Friday night at the Meadowlands with a 1:51 effort. He upset the even-money betting favorite Bono Bests, who faded to fourth. The winner paid $37.80.

Bono Bests, a winner of seven of 11 starts going into the Suslow final, took control of the seven-horse field before reaching the first quarter in a pedestrian :27.4. Driver David Miller rated him to the half in :55.2 before being challenged by the first-over Real Mean Art.

Bono Bests was still leading the field at the top of the homestretch, but Real Mean Art was hanging tough, Pandrogynous was stalking second-over, and Ron Pierce was looking for racing room with Artistic Fella. As Real Mean Art tired and drifted out and Bono Bests hugged the pylons, Pierce threaded through the gap with Artistic Fella.

“Tonight we had a perfect two-hole trip…and he was powerful,” Pierce said in a post-race interview.

Owner Joe Alborano, who bought his first horse just five years ago, was in the winner’s circle and had lost his voice.

“I’m really excited about tonight,” said Alborano. “My wife picked him out. We put our hand up, as they say.”

Artistic Fella posted his first win this season in five starts after winning three of four starts as a 2 year old. Trained by Steve Elliott, he’s a son of Pacific Fella out of the Artsplace mare Everything’s Easy.

Alborano said Artistic Fella is scheduled to compete in the upcoming Berry’s Creek and is also eligible to the Meadowlands Pace.
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