Turf star Artie Schiller, a close second last year in Eclipse Award balloting, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Hurricane Hall near Lexington.
The 5-year-old son of El Prado
is the second new stallion headed to Hurricane Hall. Last week, Hurricane Hall announced grade I winner Bellamy Road as the farm's first stallion.
Artie Schiller captured last year's NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) over Leroidesanimaux, but finished second, 119 votes to 116 votes, to him in championship balloting for top turf male. Artie Schiller also captured the 2005 Maker's Mark Mile Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland and the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.
"Artie Schiller is an elite miler and was a very good 2-year-old," said Ben P. Walden Jr., who owns Hurricane Hall with Brad M. Kelley, Patrick Madden, and David Hanley.
In a six-furlong turf race at Belmont Park in his first start, Artie Schiller trailed by 14 1/4 lengths after the first quarter, but got up to win by a neck. Three races later that year, he ran second in the Pilgrim Stakes on grass in his first added-money try.
Artie Schiller also captured four turf stakes in 2004, three of which were graded, including the 1 1/8-mile Jamaica Handicap (gr. IIT) in course-record time of 1:45.50 at Belmont Park.
Bred in Kentucky by Haras Du Mezeray, Artie Schiller retired with 10 wins from 22 races and earnings of $2,088,853. Trained by Jimmy Jerkens, he raced for William Entenmann's Timber Bay Farm and Entenmann's daughter, Denise Walsh.
Artie Schiller came close in two of his three races this year. He was beaten a nose in the Maker's Mark Mile and a neck while third in the Comp USA Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT).
Artie Schiller, who is out of the grade I-winning Majestic Light mare Hidden Light, will stand for a syndicate for a fee of $15,000.