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Artist\'s View upsets in 3YO Colt Pace

November 24, 2007
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A brutal speed duel between rivals Tell All and Always A Virgin set the stage for an upset victory by Artist\'s View in the $555,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace. Artist\'s View, a 42-1 longshot, turned in a stretch rally that put him on the wire first in 1:50.4.
 
The race began in typical Meadowlands fashion with Always A Virgin, who started from post three, firing to the front along with Won The West.  After Won The West broke the beam in :26.1, driver Brian Sears sent Always A Virgin back to the point.
 
Then midway up the backstretch the race was on as Jody Jamieson moved Tell All from fourth. They quickly pulled alongside Always A Virgin, and Sears gave no indication of yielding as the halfway mark flashed :53.2.
 
Always A Virgin and Tell All paced as a pair through the last turn, and when the three-quarter time was posted (1:21.2) there was good reason to wonder if either colt could hold on.
 
The answer was no as the leaders fell back and Artist\'s View and Forensic Z Tam surged to the front, with Watta Hotshot moving up the inside. Artist\'s View, with George Brennan aboard, had the most kick and hit the wire first, winning by a neck over Watta Hotshot.
 
Brennan drove Artist\'s View, a son of Artsplace, for trainer Buzzy Sholty. Neither had visions of winning once their horse drew post 10, but were understandably ecstatic with the upset.
 
\"I had decent enough cover to get me through the last turn, and then I had to go wide. It was a dog fight to the wire,\" said Brennan of the battle.
 
Sholty trains Artist\'s View for the DM Stables LLC an d William J. Rufenacht. Their colt won the Jr. Trendsetter at the Meadowlands in April, but then became ill. He was consigned to the Harrisburg mixed sale in case he didn\'t bounce back, but obviously is in fine form now.
 
Watta Hotshot, a 16-1 shot with Ron Pierce driving, took second with Forensic Z Tam taking third. Always A Virgin and Tell All finished off the board.
 
 
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