05/11/2006 11:00PM

Atlas Shrugs breadwinner of family


They may be related, but that is where the similarities end between million-dollar baby Garibaldi and tough little Atlas Shrugs, a two-time stakes winner at Woodbine this spring.

In human terms, Garibaldi is the uncle of Atlas Shrugs. Garibaldi, who was recently second in a quick allowance race at Keeneland for trainer Patrick Biancone, and Atlas Shrugs's dam, Ms. Forum, are out of the stakes-placed sprinting mare Ms. Copelan.

In 2004, Atlas Shrugs, an Ontario-bred 3-year-old by Compadre, went unsold at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Woodbine yearling sale when bidding stalled at $18,000. Five months later, Garibaldi (by Golden Missile), a 2-year-old at the time, sold for $1.5 million at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds in training sale, the seventh highest price at the auction.

But while Garibaldi's earnings have hit only the $35,000 mark, Atlas Shrugs is up to over $273,000.

Bred by Gerry Grguric's Wynnwood Farms and Kyle Grguric, Atlas Shrugs is by one of Ontario's hidden success stories in the stallion ranks.

Compadre, a son of El Gran Senor from the graded-stakes-winning mare Natania, has quietly snuck into the top 10 on the Canadian sire list in 2006, not far behind relics Bold Executive and Bold n' Flashy. The 16-year-old stallion, who stands at John Burness's Colebrook Farms Stallion Station in Uxbridge, Ontario, has five stakes-winning offspring from six small crops.

Compadre was a seven-time winner in 50 career starts, earned $384,367, and was stakes-placed eight times on dirt and turf.

His offspring are remarkably versatile, as some like long distances, such as No Comprende (who earned $592,000); or turf, such as Millfleet ($280,000) and Kabul ($655,000); or are precocious as juveniles, like La Grand Mamma ($209,000).

Atlas Shrugs, a Queen's Plate hopeful, may eventually prove to be an excellent off-the-pace sprinter, but for now, trainer Reade Baker will point the gelding to the Plate Trial Stakes next month.

Inbred 3x5 to Northern Dancer, Atlas Shrugs is out of Ms. Forum, a daughter of Deputy Minister's son Open Forum. Ms. Forum was a sprint winner in two starts. Atlas Shrugs is the mare's first foal.

Bold Ruckus deserving of Hall of Fame

Among the nominees for induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame this year is the incredible Bold Ruckus.

On 10 occasions, the late sire led the yearly Canadian sire list, and that is only a slice of the impact that the stallion has had on breeding in this country.

A Florida-bred son of Boldnesian, Bold Ruckus stood his entire career at Michael C. Byrne's Park Stud and sired 62 stakes winners, including champions Bold Ruritana, King Ruckus and King Corrie, all millionaires, plus six-figure earners Kiridashi, Beau Genius and Krz Ruckus. Krz Ruckus is still racing and is less than $60,000 away from being the sire's top earner.

Certainly Bold Ruckus has been a successful sire of sires, as his son Bold Executive has been a leading sire on several occasions.

Bold Ruckus is also recognized as one of Canada's all-time leading broodmare sires. He has sired the dams of 54 stakes winners (through January), including champions Scotzanna, Bolulight, and My Vintage Port.

Breeders awards next month

The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Ontario division will honor its top breeders of 2005 at its annual awards dinner on Monday, June 19.

Set to take place at the Verdi Hospitality Centre in Mississauga, the cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and awards to start at 6:30 p.m., followed by comedian Wayne Flemming.

There will be 68 awards presented, including breeder of the year, as well as a silent auction, with a portion of the proceeds to be provided to LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society.

Tickets for the dinner are $75 and may be obtained by contacting the Horse Society's office at 416-675-3602.