Art’s Virtue Wins at N.J. Race
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) _ Art’s Virtue set a stakes and track record Friday night with a 3 1/4-length victory over Love You Forty in the $394,100 Three Diamonds Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Garden State Park.
Art’s Virtue covered the mile in 1:52.4, besting the 1:53.1 set by Mybrowneyedgirl in this race in 1997.
Driven by John Campbell for his brother, trainer Jim Campbell, and owners Jules and Arlene Siegel of New Hope, Pa., Art’s Virtue, took command in the stretch in her third career start and was an easy winner in a career-best time.
Love You Forty, the favorite, was driven by Luc Ouellette and finished three-quarters of a length in front of Shady Desire, driven by Jay Randall.
``She felt real good and she finished strong,″ said John Campbell, who was driving the filly for the first time. ``Jim told me if I didn’t use her too hard early, she’d finish well. He was right about that. The stiff fractions up front (set by My Baby and Me) helped us.″
Campbell has won the Three Diamonds five times _ Miss Easy (1990), Immortality (1992), Freedom’s Friend (1993) and Glendale Kim (1994).
``I thought my filly raced giant,″ said Ouellette, who was third on the rail for much of the race. ``She made the best of bad situation. I’m very happy with her.″
Art’s Virtue, who paid $5.80, $3.40 and $3.20, will next race in the Breeders Crown eliminations at Mohawk Raceway near Toronto on Oct. 22.