Atswhatimtalknbout in Sharp Breeze; Interest Sold to Spielberg Group
Updated: Thursday, May 8, 2003 11:02 AM
Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2003 3:06 PM
Photo: Pat Christine
Chris McCarron takes Atswhatimtalknbout for a spin in front of the new owners.
B. Wayne Hughes' Atswhatimtalknbout, winner of two of his three career starts, breezed 6 furlongs in 1:13 Sunday morning with former jockey Chris McCarron aboard, in preparation for the March 16 San Felipe Stakes.
"It was an awesome work, visually," trainer Ron Ellis said. "He did it on cruise control, and we're just trying to keep him where he's at. It was the first time Chris had ever been on him and said after the work that he's the 'real deal.' I told Chris to go in 1:13 and he hit it right on the head."
It was McCarron who was responsible for getting a partnership together to purchase a "minority interest" in the colt. "Chris was the technical advisor on the movie 'Seabiscuit,' and last year, some of the producers of the movie asked him to be on the lookout for a Derby horse for them for this year," Ellis said. "So Chris put together a group made up of producers and executives from the movie, including Steven Spielberg and other partners from (Spielberg's company) Dreamworks. Hollywood has always been a major part of racing, and it's exciting to have Hollywood people involved with this horse."
The son of A.P. Indy, who was purchased for $900,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Calder 2-year-olds in training sale, is coming off a 1 1/16-mile allowance victory, in which he earned a hard-fought victory over the Bob Baffert-trained During.
Atswhatimtalknbout is expected to face the Baffert trained Domestic Dispute, winner of the Santa Catalina Stakes, in the San Felipe, as well as Sham winner Man Among Men, Ten Cents a Shine, Siberland, During, Brancusi, and Buckland Manor.
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