Hall of Fame


artistic vision

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Armbro Ophelia
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Cam Fella

Sired by 1992 Horse of the Year Artsplace and bred by Armstrong Brothers of Inglewood, Ontario, pacer Artistic Vision was foaled on March 27, 1998. She was purchased under her original name of Armbro Visible for $40,000 by Charles "Cotton" Nash on September 28, 1999 at the Kentucky Standardbred Yearling Sale. She was trained by Bret Shultz and Mark Silva during her successful career.

By March 2002, four-year-old Artistic Vision became the first mare to win the finals of the White Ruffles, Night Styles and Jersey Girls series in the same year. The following month, she set her career mark of 1:50.2 at the Meadowlands. As a five-year-old, Artistic Vision's finiest victories were her March 2003 sweep of the Overbid Series at the Meadowlands. Later that summer she matched her career mark at Balmoral Park. Artistic Vision raced for six years (2000-2005) and her lifetime record was 92-34-13-7.

The progeny that qualified Artistic Vision for the Hall of Fame are 2010 Little Brown Jug, Breeders Crown and Messenger Stakes winner and 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven p,3,1:47.3 ($2,748,818) by Rocknroll Hanover, and the Western Hanover-sired Clear Vision p,3,1:49.3f ($689,075), who finished on the board in the 2009 Messenger Stakes, Cane Pace and Tattersall's Pace. Rocknroll Heaven is the tenth-leading single-season moneywinning Standardbred of all time. To date, with just two foals of racing age, Artistic Vision's total foal earnings are $3,437,893.

Owned by Cotton Nash, his wife Julie and his sister Francene, Artistic Vision performs her broodmare duties at Hunterton Farm at Stoner Creek in Paris, Kentucky. Since her breeding career began in 2005, she has given birth to one filly and four colts, including an as-yet-unnamed full brother to Rock N Roll Heaven.