Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Kemo Sabe: Cherokee Artist Breaks Onto Stakes Scene

Cherokee Artist had no problem continuing the hot streak Herringswell finished Saratoga with when the 4-year-old took the Presque Isle Mile in Erie, PA on Sunday night.

Sent off at as the third choice, Jeremy Rose settled the Cherokee Run colt third through the first 1/2 mile. Then the Mack Robinson homebred decided to carry the jockey through an eye-catching move around the far turn that he was able to sustain to the wire in the $250,000 stakes.

Cherokee Artist came out of a near-miss in Presque Isle's July 26 $100,000 Leeward Stakes. After that he was freshened up for seven weeks and came back with his a career-best performance on Sunday night.

After the race, Graham mentioned the November 7 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile over Santa Anita's synthetic main track as the main target for the bay colt.

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