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Won at 5CHURCHILL DOWNS S.
(gr. II , 7f , defeating Warrior's Reward, Musket Man, Ventana, Accredit, Victory Notion, Kensei, Hamazing Destiny, Hull, Country Day, Munnings, Wall Street Wonder ).
ItÕs probably safe to say there are plenty of Washington race fans who are saying Òatta boy royÓ after a Washington-bred ridgling by that name won the Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) May 1 at Churchill Downs. Atta Boy Roy is campaigned by Roy SchaeferÕs R.E.V. Racing.
Atta Boy Roy was ridden by Calvin Borel, who two races later won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on Super Saver.
The Churchill Downs Stakes score was the first graded stakes win for Atta Boy Roy. ÒHeÕs just come along,Ó said Atta Boy RoyÕs trainer, Valerie Lund. ÒHe had trouble with quarter cracks. I really think that this is his year. HeÕs a better 5-year-old than he was last year. HeÕs a real outstanding horse to be around.Ó
Atta Boy Roy set a track record of 1:07 for six furlongs in the Chinook Pass Sprint and captured the GovernorÕs Handicap.
Patricia J. Murphy and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Pabst are the breeders of Atta Boy Roy, who went through the 2006 Washington Thoroughbred BreedersÕ Association September yearling sale. Consigned by Blue Ribbon Farm, agent for Murphy and the Pabsts, Atta Boy Roy was bought by Schaefer for $4,500 after Lund showed an interest in him.
ÒI fell in love with him the minute I saw him,Ó Lund said. ÒWe thought heÕd sell high, and he didnÕt sell at all. We stole him for $4,500. IÕve galloped him since he was 2 years old.Ó
Atta Boy RoyÕs 3-year-old half sister, JenÕs Guinness R N, sold for $30,000 at the 2008 WTBA September yearling sale, and his 2-year-old half brother, Amazing Legacy, commanded $60,000 at the 2009 sale.
Murphy is the breeder of Atta Boy RoyÕs stakes-winning half brother The Great Face. By Cahill Road, The Great Face scored his big win in the 2007 Longacres Mile.
Tribunal is represented as a sire by nine stakes winners, including additional 2010 added-money winner Pepe Le Feu. Tribunal, who stood at El Dorado Farms near Enumclaw, died in January 2008 after fracturing a cannon bone while recovering from anesthesia.ÑD.S.
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