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Ricky Ricky prevails in Saturday feature, Atta Boy Roy shows heels to rivals in $250,000 Churchill Downs Handicap | Emerald Downs
Ricky Ricky rallied through an opening inside and notched a victory by a neck over More Wine Won in Saturday’s feature race for 3-year-olds at Emerald Downs.
Under a perfect ride by Robert Burney, Ricky Ricky ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1-minute, 3.20-seconds and paid $25.60, $12.40 and $4.60. Debbie Van Horne trains the Oregon-bred gelding for owners John and Laurie Ansell.
More Wine Won, an 18-1 long shot ridden by Ricky Frazier, overcame a poor start and was flying late to take second place. The runner-up paid $11.40 and $4.60.
Newfound Gold, the 7-5 favorite, was the winner of a three-horse duel for the lead, but tired late and finished third. Ridden by Seth Martinez, Newfound Gold paid $2.40 for show.
Burney rode the late daily double—Ricky Ricky and Mocha Lena ($15.80)—and is up to seventh place in the jockeys’ standings. Frazier and Inoel Beato are tied for first with 10 wins apiece, while Gallyn Mitchell, Juan Gutierrez and Troy Stillwell are tied for third at nine wins each.
Atta Boy Roy wins Grade II Churchill Downs Handicap
Valorie Lund said Atta Boy Roy would run a smashing race in the Grade II Churchill Downs Handicap, and the veteran trainer proved a prophet.
With three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel in the saddle, the Washington-bred 5-year-old shocked a world-class field in Saturday’s $250,000 Churchill Downs Handicap at Churchill Downs.
Atta Boy Roy led gate-to-wire for a half-length victory over Warrior’s Reward in the Grade II event run on the Kentucky Derby under-card. Atta Boy Roy ran seven furlongs in 1:22.54 on a sloppy track and paid $22.20 to win. Lund is the trainer for owners Roy and Ellie Schaefer of Port Orchard, Washington.
Atta Boy Roy earned $167,214 to increase his bankroll to $312,999—a hefty figure considering Lund and Schaefer bought Atta Boy Roy for $4,500 as a yearling in 2007.
Atta Boy Roy was brilliant at Emerald Downs in 2009, where his achievements included a track and state record 1:07 for six furlongs in the Sept. 13 Chinook Pass Sprint. He also captured the 6 ½ furlong Governor’s Handicap in a meet-best 1:14 1/5, and was a close fifth in the Longacres Mile despite losing a shoe and setting the fastest fractions in the history of the race.
Breaking from the No. 9 post-position, Atta Boy Roy owned a clear advantage while setting splits of 22 1/5 and 44 3/5. Atta Boy Roy and Borel, who later rode his third Derby winner in five years, kicked three lengths clear into the stretch, and they then had to hold off the fast-closing Warrior’s Reward, the 7-2 second choice who rallied from far back for the place.
Musket Man, the 2-1 betting favorite, finished third, and was followed by Ventana, Accredit, Victory Notion, Kensei, Hamazing Destiny, Hull, Country Day, Munnings and Wall Street Wonder.
NOTES: Congratulations to Monique Snowden for her maiden training victory with Snow On the River ($17.60) in Saturday’s first race. It was only the second start for Snowden, whose husband Dennis Snowden is among the region’s most accomplished exercise riders…The maiden Brickyardtradition wore down 9-10 favorite Seven Torrents in deep stretch for a stunning two-length victory in the $26,600 Oregon Derby on closing day at Portland Meadows. Trained by W.L. McDaniel and ridden by Marijo Terleski, Brickyardtradition ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.16 and paid $39.60. The son of Olmodavar was beaten 25 lengths at 62-1 odds in his previous start last month at Santa Anita…