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We Miss Artie Wins Spiral Stakes with Photo Finish

We Miss Artie Wins the 2014 Spiral Stakes with Photo Finish at Turfway Park: The 2014 grade 3 Spiral Stakes took place at Turfway Park for 1 1/8 miles and it was We Miss Artie, a 3 year old colt, who took the win on Saturday, march 22, 2014. Three horses, We Miss Artie, Coastline, and Harry’s Holiday were neck in neck for most of the race and they really battled out even down to the wire.

We Miss Artie Horse

We Miss Artie and jockey John Velazquez pass up Coastline and Harry’s Holiday and take the Spiral Stakes win at Turfway Park on Saturday, March 22, 2014.
Photo Credit: John C. Engelhardt / Pat Lang Photography

It seemed as though Harry’s Holiday might take the win in the 2014 Spiral Stakes as he took a short lead at one point, but though We Miss Artie was in the middle of the pack for a good part of the race, he was able to move down the middle and challenged Coastline and Harry’s Holiday and took the win in the final furlong and won in his final stride at the wire.

We Miss Artie is trained by Todd Pletcher and was ridden by jockey John Velazquez. Velazquez said, “I was a little wide going into the first turn but I found a nice spot down the backside. Right at the sixteenth-pole I had to drift away from them so he didn’t have to work so hard. Then I was able to get up at the wire.”

This is a big win for We Miss Artie, who now takes home 50 points towards a starting spot at the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, and a little bit of an upset for Harry’s Holiday. The question for We Miss Artie will be whether or not he can perform as well on the dirt track at Churchill Downs as he does on synthetic track as he did at the Spiral Stakes. Everyone will just have to wait to see just how We Miss Artie handles the dirt at the Derby.

2014 Spiral Stakes Results and Payouts
11 We Miss Artie $9.20 to Win, $5.80 to Place, $4.20 to Show
10 Harry’s Holiday $13.40 to Place, $8.60 to Show
5 Coastline $7.40 to Show
Also ran: 2 – Asserting Bear , 1 – Big Bazinga , 7 – All Tied Up , 12 – Arctic Slope , 4 – Tamarando , 8 – Solitary Ranger , 3 – Poker Player , 9 – Almost Famous , 6 – Smart Cover

2014 Spiral Stakes Replay: