Curlin’s Honor Wins Artie Schiller S. for Breeze Easy and John Oxley

Breeze Easy and John Oxley’s Curlin’s Honor found his best stride late, rallying up the rail under Joel Rosario to capture Saturday’s $150,000 Artie Schiller, a one-mile inner turf test for 3-year-olds and upwards at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Trained by Mark Casse, the 4-year-old Curlin chestnut hit the board in five-consecutive graded stakes at Woodbine Racetrack ahead of a last-out score in an optional-claiming turf test on October 6 at the Etobicoke, Ontario oval.
Rosario rated Curlin’s Honor patiently in eighth position as Grade 1 winner Voodoo Song took over from Abiding Star to reach three-quarters in 1:11.27. Caribou Club vacated the rail to take command at the stretch call, but there would be no denying a furious rail run from Curlin’s Honor, who got up to win by a neck in a final time of 1:35.11 on the firm turf. Caribou Club completed the exacta by three lengths over 2-1 mutuel favorite Frontier Market.

Curlin’s Honor opened his campaign with an off-the-board effort in the main track Stymie on March 9 at the Big A. Assistant trainer Jamie Begg said the colt has thrived since committing to turf.

“He looks like a dirt horse. We came in the winter for the Stymie and it came up tough, but it was the last try [on dirt],” said Begg. “Last year, he ran at Belmont going seven-eighths [on turf in the Paradise Creek] and just lost to Gidu. We thought maybe a flat mile on the grass was his cup of tea. It seemed to work out and Joel knew how the race was going to set up for him. He made a good plan and executed it perfectly.”

Curlin’s Honor, bred in Florida by Miller Racing, banked $82,500 in victory while improving his record to 5-3-4 from 16 starts.