The 2012 southern hemisphere book of Artie Schiller (USA) is officially closed.
Due to overwhelming demand for the outstanding young sire-son of El Prado, the Emirates Park team has been forced to inform broodmare owners still making enquiry for the upcoming season that no further nominations to Artie Schiller are being sold.
In breaking the news, the stud's nominations manager Bryan Carlson said: "We always anticipated a very positive response to Artie Schiller but even we have been surprised by the extent of the enquiry. He's restricted to 130-odd mares by arrangement with his co-owners in North America and we have had to introduce a waiting list due to the volume of support."
Carlson added: "We knew that Artie Schiller was very popular in Victoria due to the outstanding job Mike and Mat Becker did when introducing him to Australia in the first place. The goals this progressive stallion keeps kicking, both here and in North America, have clearly made him a hugely popular sire based on the level of support."
Artie Schiller's reputation in both hemispheres has gone from strength-to-strength.
His progeny competing on the North American racing circuit have been winning in stakes company virtually from Day One, while his unraced stock have become more and more in demand. The recent Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale in Kentucky witnessed a filly sell for $US190,000 — the biggest price fetched by a member of the breed at public auction.
In Australia, Artie Schiller is just over a week away from being officially recognized as the Leading Second Season Sire of 2011/12 at the end of a racing year in which he has led the way for all sophomore stallions.
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