09/13/2009 11:00PM

Atta Boy Roy sets Emerald Downs mark


AUBURN, Wash. - Atta Boy Roy shattered Emerald Downs's six-furlong track record Sunday, running the distance in 1:07 en route to a 10 3/4-length victory in the $50,000 Chinook Pass Sprint and a possible berth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Ridden by Ricky Frazier for trainer Valorie Lund, the 4-year-old by Tribunal led throughout, carving fractions of 21.20, 43.20 and 55 seconds. The previous track record was 1:07.40, set by Starbird Road in 2006 and equaled by Atta Boy Roy in his Emerald Downs debut June 6, and the state standard had been 1:07.20, set by Grey Papa at Longacres in 1972.

The Chinook Pass Sprint was one of seven stakes races for statebreds on Washington Cup Day.

Atta Boy Roy, who paid $2.40, won for the second third time in four starts at the current meeting and earned $27,025 for owners Roy and Ellie Schaefer or Port Orchard, Wash. He has seven wins in 15 starts with career earnings of $134,325.

"He's the fastest thing I've ever been on; he's just a true train," Frazier said of Atta Boy Roy, who finished fifth in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile in his previous start after setting the fastest six-furlong split (1:07.60) in the race's 74-year-history.

Lund said Atta Boy Roy would race next in the Grade 1, $300,000 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 11. Part of the Breeders' Cup's Win and You're In program, the Ancient Title gives Atta Boy Roy an opportunity for automatic berth in the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint on Nov. 7, also at Santa Anita.

"This horse is incredibly fast," Lund said. "I told Ricky two things: Win the race, and don't take too much out of him."

In other Washington Cup races:

* Wasserman ($3.20) rallied for a 1 1/4-length victory over Scalding Passion in the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:42. It was the first victory in eight 2009 starts for Wasserman, who won the 2008 Longacres Mile en route to horse-of-the-meet honors. Owned and trained by his breeder, Howard Belvoir, Wasserman increased his lifetime earnings to $518,549. Regular rider Jennifer Whitaker was up Sunday.

Belvoir said Wasserman, a 7-year-old, would be turned out for the winter and likely return to Emerald Downs in 2010.

* Koala Beach ($3) posted an eight-length victory in the $50,000 Dennis Dodge Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings, running 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.60 under Gallyn Mitchell. Doris Harwood, who has an Emerald Downs record 19 wins with 2-year-olds this season, trained the winner for her husband, Jeff, of Kent, Wash.

* Clair Annette returned from a three-month layoff with a 1 1/2-length victory over 1-2 betting favorite Gadget Queen in the $50,000 Belle Roberts Stakes for older fillies and mares. Well rated by jockey Seth Martinez, she ran 1-1/16 miles in 1:42.40 and paid $7.60. Trained by Connie Bouslaugh for owner-breeder Nina Egbert of Enumclaw, Wash., Clair Annette had never raced beyond 6 1/2 furlongs.

* Longshot Have'n a Wild Time ($56.40) closed strongly from 10th in an 11-horse field to win the $50,000 Diane Kem Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Prevailing by a neck after running 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.60, she was followed by outsiders Private Fortune and Pistolpackin'gal, with 1-5 wagering favorite Knight Raider in fourth.

Bettors wagered more than $150,000 to show on Knight Raider, and her defeat triggered track-record show payoffs. Have'n a Wild Time paid $187 for a $2 show wager, Private Fortune returned $108.60, and Pistolpackin'gal paid $156.40. The previous record payoff was $38.80.

Tom Wenzel trained the winner for owner Ron Crockett, the president of Emerald Downs. It was the first Emerald Downs stakes victory for jockey A.L. Gutierrez.

* Quinalt rallied for a 1 1/4-length victory in the $50,000 Trooper Seven Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings. With Gary Gavica riding, the winner ran one mile in 1:36.50 and paid $36.20. It was Gavica's first Emerald Downs stakes win, and the third stakes victory this season for trainer Carlos Moreno. His wife, Maria Isabel, owns Quinalt, who was claimed for $25,000 at Golden Gate in February.

* Ladyledue ($7) rebounded from her first career defeat with a powerful 3 1/4-length victory over 7-5 favorite Point of Reference in the $50,000 John & Kitty Fletcher Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Ladyledue, who won her first five starts, all stakes, before suffering a 15-length loss in the Washington's Lottery Handicap on July 19, ran one mile in 1:35.60. Trained by Bonnie Jenne for owner Jon Sather of Manson, Wash., Ladyledue pushed her lifetime earnings to $147,271 in six starts.