Artist\'s View sets stakes record in Aquarius
February 23, 2008
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Artist\'s View continued to show the top form he flashed in winning last fall\'s Breders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, this time turning in a sizzling 1:50.2 stakes-record effort in the $71,800 Aquarius final Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
Last November Artist\'s View benefited from the speed duel between Tell All and I Am A Virgin in the Breeders Crown championship and posted a neck victory in a career best of 1:50.4.
In the Aquarius, Artist\'s View started from the outside post in the six-horse field and was sent to the front by driver George Brennan. But inside starters Trueys Legacy and Mr Apples were also sent to the lead, and Brennan quickly dropped along the pylons.
John Campbell was able to put Trueys Legacy on the point, but it was a costly move: a :25.4 first quarter over a track rated \"good\". Brian Sears then made the routine move to the front with Mr Apples and quickly cleared, and Brennan was right behind with Artist\'s View.
Sears yielded and Artist\'s View slowed the pace to the half, reaching that marker in :53.4 (:28). Through the final turn and the homestretch, Mr Apples and Sears looked for racing room, but found none. Mr Apples finally was able to inch up the inside late in the stretch, but could not pull even with his foe, much less beat him. Big Business took third.
Artist\'s View had finished second in the Aquarius leg the previous week, which was his first start of the year after two qualifiers.
Buzzy Sholty trains Artist\'s View, a 4-year-old stallion by Artsplace, for owners DM Stables LLC and William Rufenacht. The Aquarius score gave Artist\'s View career earnings of $520,635 and a new lifetime mark of 1:50.2.