Artistic Fella to stand at Empire Stallions

12:44 AM 18 Jun 2009 NZST
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Artistic Fella
Artistic Fella

One of North America's greatest racehorses of the last decade will stand the 2009/10 southern hemisphere breeding season at Empire Stallions in Victoria.

ARTISTIC FELLA p,2,1:53.3; 3,1:48.4; 1:48f ($2,640,532), a winner of 26 races in an illustrious 52 start career, is the newest addition to Empire's very impressive line-up. A double World Champion, ARTISTIC FELLA was a fierce competitor winning an amazing 12 races under 1:50 with 7 wins between 1:48 and 1:48.4.

At 2, ARTISTIC FELLA exhibited very early speed winning two qualifiers and three races at The Meadowlands including two New Jersey Sire Stakes while earning a record of 1:53.3. Confident that ARTISTIC FELLA had 1:51 2-year-old speed but sensing his enormous future potential, his trainer, Steve Elliott, made the decision to turn him out after two months of racing and bring him back early at three - a decision that would prove most prophetic.

ARTISTIC FELLA did return at 3 to take the racing world by storm winning an incredible 10 consecutive stakes races - all at The Meadowlands. His wins included the $225,000 Berry's Creek with a last quarter of :25.4, the $125,000 Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1:48.4 with a last quarter in :26 flat and the $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stake Final in 1:49.1. The highlight of this remarkable season came in both the elimination and final of the $1 Million Meadowlands Pace. Both races were won by ARTISTIC FELLA, each in a thrilling 1:48.4, after sprinting to the front at the half-mile pole to draw away in the stretch over the best 3-year-olds in the country. He completed this season with 11 wins in 18 starts for $941,385 in 3-year-old earnings.

Generally 4-year-olds find it difficult to compete with the sport's best older horses in classic races. However, ARTISTIC FELLA showed his maturity and tremendous ability by winning such events as the $85,000 Classic Series when he left the gate and posted a first quarter of :25.4, relinquished the lead and forged to the front in the stretch to again win in 1:48.4. In an elimination for the $650,000 Haughton Memorial, ARTISTIC FELLA paced his first quarter in :26.3 on the outside with a last quarter in :26.2 to win easily in 1:49.2.

Another 4-year-old win was in the $200,000 Dan Patch winning in 1:49.4 by four lengths, but his most memorable victory that season was in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final. ARTISTIC FELLA led every step of the way from post 7 with a first quarter in :26.1 and home in :27 flat to defeat a field that included Mister Big, Lis Mara and Boulder Creek. He earned $674,640 with 7 wins and 5 placings in 16 starts this season.

At 5, ARTISTIC FELLA came back with another banner season, racing against one of the deepest crops of seasoned performers in recent history. He became the world's fastest race winner of all time at a mile over a five-eighths mile track when he scored a three-length victory in the $500,000 Franklin Memorial at Chester Downs in a stirring 1:48f defeating Mister Big and Mr Feelgood.

ARTISTIC FELLA's second World Champion title that season came in the $250,000 Classic Series Final where he covered the 1 1/16 mile distance (1710 meters) in a world record 1:56.1 - a mile rate of 1:49.3 He earned $937,580 in 2008 - his final year of racing boosting his career earnings to over $2.6 million.

ARTISTIC FELLA won 50% of his career starts from ages 2 through 5 averaging $50,779 per start and over $75,000 in each of his 26 winning efforts. He won or placed in 77% of his lifetime races and was a real crowd favorite. There was an air of excitement each time he appeared on the track and he will be paraded in retirement ceremonies at The Meadowlands in early July before entering quarantine for Australia.

ARTISTIC FELLA was trained his entire career by leading trainer Steve Elliott who has tutored such standouts as 2007 Hambletonian Winner Donato Hanover and the sensational sire Valley Victory. "ARTISTIC FELLA is one of those rare horses that made my job easy - he made me look good" said Elliott. "He's a great-gaited horse and has the ability to leave the gate and finish a race as well as any horse that I have ever seen. He is a kind, lovely mannered horse both on and off the racetrack and is one of the most handsome Standardbreds you will ever see."

ARTISTIC FELLA is the fastest and richest son of his World Champion Sire Pacific Fella - sire of Triple Crown Champion No Pan Intended who is now a very successful sire with Nebupanezzar p,2,1:51.2 ($946,365), North America's richest 2-Year-Old last season. In Australia, Pacific Fella is already the sire of 129 winners of over $3.3 million including Pacific Charm p,1:57.5 ($137,670), Schinzig Buller p,1:58 ($127,190) and Queensland Oaks Winner Ima Spicey Lombo p,1:57 ($104,501).

ARTISTIC FELLA's dam is the Artsplace mare Everything's Easy who has 5 winners from her first 6 foals with 3 in 1:55. The next two dams in this classic pedigree are by No Nukes and Meadow Skipper and they have a combined 16 winners - all 16 in 2:00 with 7 in 1:55.

Standing 16 hands, ARTISTIC FELLA is a powerful, dark bay stallion with excellent conformation and fertility. ARTISTIC FELLA's 2009/10 service fee has been established at $4,5000 including GST and he is Vicbred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown, NSW State Bred and Breeders Challenge eligible.

David JAMES

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