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Atticus runner caps Fairplex meet with first stakes victory

On September 25, Atticus Jack became the 13th lifetime stakes winner for his California-based sire, Atticus, when he wired the $75,000 Ralph M. Hinds Handicap on closing day of the 2011 Fairplex Park meet. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]


The 5-year-old gelding indicated his readiness for a jump into stakes company with a half-length win in a one-mile allowance optional claiming race on the turf at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on August 28, followed by a bullet five-furlong work at Fairplex on September 20. Under veteran rider Agapito Delgadillo, he leaped immediately into action in the seven-horse Hinds and subsequently negotiated three turns of the tight bullring oval with ease, setting internal fractions of :24.44, :48.99, 1:13.21 and 1:38.09 as he controlled the pace comfortably alongside the rail.


After leading the field throughout, Atticus Jack successfully overcame a late challenge from the fast-closing Norvsky to secure his first career stakes victory by three-quarters of a length. His final time for the dirt test, which was conducted at about 1 1/8 miles, was 1:51.04. The win was worth $42,250 to his owners, Janet Lyons, Jeremy Peskoff and Wind River Stables, and $15.20 to those handicappers who had backed him for the top spot at odds of 6-1.


Bred in California by Greg and Valorie Scherr, Atticus Jack has won six of 14 starts overall, and earned $238,240. The Brian Koriner trainee is the first foal out of Cremedelacramer, an unraced daughter of Avenue of Flags, and previously collected black type in 2008 with his third-place outing in the $125,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes at Santa Anita Park.


Atticus Jack is one of four stakes winners from the inaugural California crop of Atticus, who has stood at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez since 2005. Now 19, the Grade 1-winning Nureyev stallion is credited with collective progeny earnings of more than $12.4 million from 11 crops of racing age.

- September 25, 2011

Atticus filly nabs second in $100,000 Calder 2YO turf sprint

After recently passing $10 million in lifetime progeny earnings, the California sire Atticus continued to embellish his 2009 list of achievements when his 2-year-old daughter Girl Bar finished a hard-trying second in the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash Stakes at Calder Race Course on August 29. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]

Although she faced seven colts in the five-furlong grass sprint, the Florida-bred filly was sent postward for her second career start and stakes debut as the even-money favorite. With jockey Paco Lopez in the irons, she was aggressive throughout from her outside post.

Girl Bar hopped in the air when the starting gate opened, and was quickly rushed into contention by her rider, who moved her up to chase the pace three-wide into the stretch. In the final yards, the duo managed to get within a length of the 45-1 front-runner, Retire to What, but they were left with too much to do and, ultimately, reached the wire a length behind that speedy rival.

The Wesley Ward homebred has now earned $48,000. Under Ward's training regimen, she broke her maiden last April in her 2 1/2-furlong racing debut on the dirt at Gulfstream Park, but she did not compete again until the Turf Dash, nearly five months later. Girl Bar is the second stakes horse produced by the winner My Kai, a stakes-placed daughter of In Excess (Ire).

Atticus, a Grade 1 winner and millionaire, is also represented this year by his Grade 2-placed dual stakes winner Strawberry Tart, 3, and his 8-year-old veteran stakes winner Atticus Kristy among his 26 stakes horses from nine crops of racing age. The 17-year-old Nureyev stallion stands at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, California. - August 29, 2009

Atticus surpasses $10 million in lifetime progeny earnings

In the midst of one of his most successful years of production, it was appropriate that the California stallion Atticus achieved yet another landmark on August 12. His 2006 Grade 3 winner Can't Beat It ran unplaced in a 1 1/16-mile turf race at Delaware Park, but earned enough from the effort to elevate his sire past the $10 million mark in lifetime progeny earnings.

The 6-year-old veteran is one of 25 stakes horses representing the 17-year-old Nureyev stallion, who relocated from Kentucky to stand at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, California prior to the 2005 breeding season. An earner of $377,190 from 32 starts, Can't Beat It is also one of five Atticus runners to capture a graded or group stakes event, a coalition led by the 2005 Florida Derby (G1) winner and 2009 first-crop sire High Fly ($927,300).

Several other offspring have added to their sire's laurels in 2009. Atticus Kristy, a 62-time starter and $761,050-earner who hit a career high when he won Keeneland Race Course's 2006 Shakertown Stakes (G3) at 5, succeeded in Monmouth Park's $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes on August 8 as an 8-year-old. On the opposite end of the spectrum is 3-year-old Strawberry Tart, a blossoming filly who has won four races this year, including Hollywood Park's $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes and $87,335 Manhattan Beach Stakes, and ran a hard-fought second in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (G2) at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on August 1.

Strawberry Tart represents her sire's initial crop of California-conceived runners, as does the colt Lucky Primo, winner of the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile Stakes in October 2008.

A Grade 1 winner and $1.2 million-earner who set a world-record time for one mile (1:31.89) in 1997, Atticus is currently represented by nine crops of racing age. He has sired 143 winners from 247 starters, and boasts more than $40,000 in average earnings per runner. - August 12, 2009

Atticus veteran sprints to stakes win on the Jersey Shore

After knocking on the door with two seconds and a third in three consecutive stakes races from May through July, the veteran Atticus runner Atticus Kristy broke through with a spirited victory in his 62nd lifetime start: the $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes at Monmouth Park on August 8. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]

The turf sprint specialist, who captured Keeneland Race Course's grassy, Grade 3 Shakertown Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs in 2006, relished the same approximate distance on the Jersey Shore in the My Frenchman. Entered as the 4-5 favorite against six rivals and paired with jockey Joe Bravo, the well-traveled gelding tracked 1 1/2 lengths behind the two battling front-runners while racing in third alongside the rail, swung to the outside in the stretch, then got his 8-year-old legs pumping when it came time to do the real running. He reached the wire in a robust 1:02.13 as a one-length winner, improving his total bankroll to $761,050 with the $36,000 paycheck.

Atticus Kristy is now in profit mode for his new owner, David Ross, who claimed the four-time stakes winner from his breeder, Centaur Farms Inc., and former co-owner, Dan Lynch, for $50,000 at Keeneland four months ago; he has earned more than $65,000 from his four subsequent starts for Ross at Monmouth and Atlantic City Race Course.

Overall, the Kentucky-bred carries a career line of 14 wins, 13 seconds and 12 thirds. He is the third stakes winner out of the Unbridled mare Christy Love, and is currently trained by Michael Pino.

Atticus Kristy is one of 25 stakes horses sired by the 17-year-old Magali Farms stallion Atticus, a Grade 1-winning millionaire by Nureyev who relocated to California prior to the 2005 breeding season. - August 8, 2009

Atticus filly Strawberry Tart misses Grade 2 victory by a nose

The steadily improving Atticus filly Strawberry Tart, perfect in her last two starts, stepped up to Grade 2 stakes company for Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's $150,000 San Clemente Handicap on August 1, and emerged just a nose short of victory. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]

A dual stakes winner on the turf during Hollywood Park's 2009 spring/summer meet, Strawberry Tart returned to the surface at Del Mar for the one-mile San Clemente, a race which attracted 10 sophomore fillies for its 42nd edition. She was reunited with rider Martin Garcia, who guided her in both Hollywood wins, and installed as the second wagering choice at odds of 2.40-1.

After a clean break from post #3, the Jeff Bonde-trained filly was bumped by a rival when the field bunched up entering the first turn. She overcame that wobble to run in fifth along the rail for the majority of the trip, eventually passing the tiring front-runner in the stretch to take a brief, glorious lead on her own. But, on her outside, the 11-1 longhsot Starlarks (Ire) was full of momentum from her own last-to-first run, and was able to nip Strawberry Tart at the wire in a swift 1:33.82.

"Tough beat," Garcia said after the race, which marked his mount's first runner-up finish from seven career starts. "For a second there, I thought I had it."

Strawberry Tart is now her sire's leading North American female earner, with a bankroll of $182,625. The four-time winner was bred in California by Valentine Farm LLC, and produced by the Strawberry Road (Aus) mare Mylittletart. Her owners are George and Mary Clare Schmitt.

Atticus, 17, holds court at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, California. The Grade 1 winner by Nureyev has 25 stakes horses and progeny earnings of more than $9.9 million to date. - August 1, 2009

Stakes placing pushes Atticus veteran's bankroll past $725,000

Like the proverbial bottle of wine, Atticus Kristy just keeps improving with age. In the current racing season, his seventh to date, the 8-year-old Atticus gelding has not finished worse than third in six trips postward. Moreover, he added a third consecutive stakes placing to his 2009 tally in mid-July.

A short-distance turf specialist and Keeneland Grade 3 winner in 2006 who has made 48 of his 61 lifetime starts on the lawn, Atticus Kristy has experienced a rejuvenation since he was claimed for $50,000 from his breeder, Centaur Farms Inc., and former co-owner, Dan Lynch, out of a Keeneland Polytrack race in April. His new owner, David Ross, immediately elevated him back into stakes company, first at Atlantic City Race Course and then at Monmouth Park; Atticus Kristy responded with a gritty pair of runner-up efforts.

Kept at Monmouth for the track's $60,000 John McSorley Stakes on July 12, the Kentucky-bred got up for third in the 5 1/2-furlong turf dash, with only the noses of the winner and the second-place finisher preventing him from attaining his 14th career victory. Saddled by trainer Michael Pino and ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, he collected $7,200 for the show to push his total bankroll to $725,050.

Atticus Kristy is the first foal out of Christy Love, an Unbridled mare who was unplaced from only two starts as a racehorse, but who has succeeded at stud by producing three stakes-winning, six-figure earners. Her oldest offspring has now won or placed in 38 races since he debuted at 2 in 2003.

The three-time stakes winner is the second-highest lifetime earner for Grade 1 winner Atticus, a resident at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, California. The 17-year-old Nureyev stallion is represented by 11 stakes winners and the collective earners of more than $9.8 million to date. - July 12, 2009

Strawberry Tart, by Atticus, scores second Hollywood stakes

Less than a month after she captured the first stakes race of her career on the Hollywood Park turf course, the Atticus filly Strawberry Tart continued to blossom with another black-type victory over the same grassy Southern California strip.

Stretching out to a mile for the first time and running again under lights on a July 3 Friday night program, the 3-year-old filly was given the same come-from-behind ride in the $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes that jockey Martin Garcia had utilized to perfection in the $87,335 Manhattan Beach Stakes on June 5. The duo was sent postward as the 2-1 favorite in the nine-horse field of sophomore fillies assembled for the Flawlessly and they did not disappoint their backers, returning a $6.40 win ticket in a final time of 1:34.28.

"I rode her with a lot of confidence," Garcia said of the half-length winner, who collected $60,000 for her second consecutive stakes triumph. "She broke real good and I took her back to make one run. When I asked her to go, she kicked home like a superstar."

Strawberry Tart was bred in California by Valentine Farm LLC, and now races for owners George and Mary Clare Schmitt. A $13,500 graduate of the 2007 Barretts January Mixed Sale, she has earned $152,625 with four wins from six starts under the tutelage of trainer Jeff Bonde. Her dam is Mylittletart, by Strawberry Road (Aus).

Atticus, a Grade 1 winner on dirt and a world record-holder on turf during his distinguished racing career, currently resides at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, California. The 17-year-old son of Nureyev has sired the collective earners of more than $9.7 million. - July 3, 2009

Strawberry Tart, by Atticus, takes Manhattan Beach by storm

Making her turf debut at odds of 13-1 and straying from her usual front-running tactics, the Atticus filly Strawberry Tart overcame all challenges to post a clear victory in the $87,335 Manhattan Beach Stakes during a Friday night program at Hollywood Park on June 5.

The California-bred runner also responded to cues from jockey Martin Garcia, who was partnered with her for the first time in her five-start career. Although the Jeff Bonde trainee had won two of her earlier races on the front end, she was kept in reserve near back of the eight-horse field after she broke seventh from the gate in the six-furlong Manhattan Beach, a grass event which was restricted to 3-year-old fillies.

Sixth after a half-mile run in :45.06 by the leader, Strawberry Tart was finally asked to move into contention as she entered the stretch. Taking a four-wide path, she powered forward and seized control in the final sixteenth, ultimately reaching the wire in a brisk 1:08.70 and earning her first stakes title by a commanding 2 1/2 lengths.

A two-time winner on the dirt at Oaklawn Park by a combined total of nearly 20 lengths earlier this year, Strawberry Tart has now won three races - each at the six-furlong distance - and banked $92,625 for owners George and Mary Clare Schmitt. She was bred by Valentine Farm LLC and produced by the Strawberry Road (Aus) mare Mylittletart.

Strawberry Tart is the 11th lifetime stakes winner for the Grade 1-winning Magali Farms stallion Atticus. The 17-year-old Nureyev sire is represented by total progeny earnings of more than $9.6 million to date. - June 5, 2009

Atticus gelding nabs Monmouth stakes placing in 60th start

With plenty of experience on his side, the veteran turf specialist Atticus Kristy finished a strong second in the $60,000 Wolf Hill Stakes on May 30. The Monmouth Park grass event marked the 60th career start for the Atticus gelding, a Grade 3 winner in 2006 who is still running strong at the age of 8.

Claimed for $50,000 from breeder Centaur Farms Inc. and Dan Lynch on April 10, Atticus Kristy has already earned $22,000 from two consecutive stakes placings for his new owner, David Ross. Overall, the Kentucky-bred has won 13 races, placed in 24 others and banked $717,850 to rank as his sire's second-highest lifetime earner.

In the 5 1/2-furlong Wolf Hill, Atticus Kristy saved ground early, then finished well on the outside under jockey Kendrick Carmouche, reaching the wire 1 3/4 lengths behind the 4-5 front-running winner, Smart Enough. He was saddled by conditioner Michael Pino.

Atticus Kristy, a three-time stakes winner, is the first foal out of Christy Love, an Unbridled mare who has also produced the multiple graded stakes-placed stakes winner Distorted Reality, by Distorted Humor, and the stakes winner Fiery Dancer, by Atticus.

Grade 1 winner Atticus resides at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, California. The 17-year-old Nureyev sire has lifetime progeny earnings of more than $9.4 million from nine crops of racing age. - May 30, 2009

Atticus old-timer tops $700,000 in earnings with stakes placing

Atticus Kristy, a veteran campaigner by the California-based sire Atticus, added more black type to his storied career on May 1, when he ran second in a five-furlong turf stakes at Atlantic City Race Course and pushed his overall earnings past the $700,000 mark.

The 8-year-old gelding, a Grade 3 winner in 2006 who currently divides his time between stakes company and high-dollar claiming company, collected a $10,000 check for his runner-up finish in the New Jersey track's $50,000 Tony Gatto Dream Big Stakes, which attracted eight runners. Sent off as the 7-2 wagering favorite under jockey Kendrick Carmouche, Atticus Kristy raced off the pace from the inside, angled out at the top of the lane and rallied between rivals late to secure the place, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner, Hesa Big Star.

Bred in Kentucky by Centaur Farms Inc., Atticus Kristy has crafted a career of distinction. A late bloomer, he won his first stakes event at 4, captured Keeneland Race Course's Shakertown Stakes (G3) at 5 and placed in Churchill Downs' Aegon Turf Sprint Stakes for the second time last year at 7. From 59 starts, he totes 13 wins, 12 seconds and 11 thirds and earnings of $705,850. He is trained by Michael Pino for owner David Ross.

Produced by the Unbridled mare Christy Love, Atticus Kristy is a full brother to the stakes winner Fiery Dancer and a half-brother to the multiple graded stakes-placed stakes winner Distorted Reality.

Atticus Kristy is the second-highest earner for the Grade 1-winning Magali Farms stallion Atticus. The 17-year-old son of Nureyev is represented by total progeny earnings of more than $9.4 million. - May 1, 2009

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