13-year old Artist Stena, the 1998 Adios champion, raced in a pari-mutuel event for the first time since 1999 on the Friday night card at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
Driven by Guy Gagnon for co-owner/trainer Richard Moreau and co-owner Gabriel Moreau, Artist Stena sat last in the early going in the race, which was a $6,000 claiming event, before making a late charge to finish in a dead-heat for third, two and a half lengths behind winner Carpandero Hanover.
Prior to Friday night's race, Artist Stena had qualified at Hippodrome de Montreal on August 8, and he won by two and a half lengths in 2:01.3 over a sloppy track. That marked almost nine years to the day since his last trip behind the gate, which occurred on August 7, 1999, where he was fourth in an open at the Meadowlands to Jet Laag.
Since his retirement, Artist Stena had been a stallion in Quebec. His richest performer is seven-year old Espoir J M, who has banked over $250,000.
Artist Stena has five wins, 12 seconds, and eight thirds from 44 career starts, and has lifetime earnings of over $540,000. His best day came in the 1998 Adios at The Meadows, where Luc Ouellette piloted him to a victory in 1:51.4 for owner Jacques Brazeau and trainer Ross Croghan.