Atticus, a 12-year-old son of Nureyev who has sired three stakes winners, has been purchased by Suarez Racing and will stand in 2005 at Rich and Gaby Sulpizio's Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif.
Since retiring to stud for the 1998 breeding season, Atticus has stood at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. His stud fee his first season was $20,000, which continued until 2003 when it was lowered to $10,000. He stood this year for $5,000 and will command a fee of $4,000 in California.
All three of his stakes winners, Attico, Petite Speciale, and Polities, are from his first crop.
Out of the Secretariat mare Athyka, Atticus set a world record when he won the Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita in 1997. He ran the mile in 1:31.89. Also that year he won the grade I Oaklawn Handicap.
To date, his runners have earned $3.4 million and besides his three stakes winners includes five stakes-placed horses.
"We think Atticus is going to be very well received in California. He's a grade I winner on dirt and a grade II world record holder on turf, whose out of the Northern Dancer-Secretariat line. He's got everything you would want in a stallion," said Magali manager Tom Hudson.