Bernard Baruch H. (gr. II)

(gr. IIT , 9f ,)

ARTIE SCHILLER (B h, 122 lb) $90,000
El Prado (IRE) —Hidden Light , by Majestic Light
B—Haras Du Mezeray S.A., KY.; O—Timber Bay Farm and Walsh, Mrs. Thomas J.; T—James A. Jerkens

Silver Tree (CH h, 117 lb) $30,000
Hennessy —Blue Begum , by With Approval
B—Vegso Racing Stable, FL.; O—Peter Vegso; T—William I. Mott

America Alive (B h, 119 lb) $15,000
American Chance —Alive With Hope , by Alydar
B—Mill House, KY.; O—Mill House; T—Neil J. Howard

Margins: ½, 6½, 1¼. Others: Del Mar Show 115($7,500) , Seeking Answers (IRE) 114($4,500) . Winning Jockey, Richard Migliore.

Artie Schiller now has two of the three graded stakes victories he needs to match his 2004 record, after a half-length score over Silver Tree in the Aug. 1 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.

James Jerkens conditions Artie Schiller for William Entenmann’s Timber Bay Farm. Entenmann, former president of the international cake baking company, Entenmann’s Bakery, which his grandfather started in 1898, purchased Artie Schiller for $67,000 from the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale from the consignment of Mill Ridge Sales, agent.

Entenmann campaigns the 4-year-old son of El Prado with his daughter, Denise Walsh, who also races under the Never Better Stables name.

Artie Schiller’s top-level success comes as no surprise as he hails from a long line of graded stakes achievers. Bred in Kentucky by the French-based operation Haras Du Mezeray S.A., Artie Schiller was produced from the grade I-winning Majestic Light mare Hidden Light, who followed in the hoof steps of her grade I-winning dam, Tallahto (by Nantallah).

Hidden Light blazed a winner’s path as a 3-year-old in 1986 with four stakes victories in the grade I Santa Anita and Hollywood Oaks, grade IIT Del Mar Oaks, and the La Habra Stakes. She also placed second in the Princess Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood that year.

Nine years after her three-year race career was over, breeder Howard Keck consigned Hidden Light to the 1996 Keeneland January sale, where Nicoma Bloodstock, agent, purchased her for $190,000. Claiborne assisted the sale as agent.

Hidden Light, a full sister to multiple grade I winner Prince True, and grade II stakes- placed Le Duc de Bar, is boarded at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington. The farm consigned the mare’s 2-year-old Fusaichi Pegasus filly as a yearling to the 2004 Keeneland September sale where Gainesway purchased her for $250,000. Now 22, Hidden Light has a With Approval yearling colt and foaled an Elusive Quality filly May 15. She was not bred this year.

El Prado is the sire of 54 other stakes winners, including 2005 added-money winners Kitten’s Joy (gr. IIT), Lusty Latin, Fort Prado, Senor Swinger, Lord Admiral (in Ireland), and Asi Siempre (in France). El Prado stands at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Kentucky near Midway. His 2005 fee was $100,000.—A.W.