09/14/2009 11:00PM

Atta Boy Roy to take a shot at big boys


AUBURN, Wash. - Fresh from a record-setting victory at Emerald Downs, Atta Boy Roy will be pointed toward a possible Breeders' Cup run, trainer Valorie Lund confirmed Tuesday.

Atta Boy Roy shattered Emerald'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 for statebreds.

Lund said Atta Boy Roy would ship to Turf Paradise on Thursday, where he'll train up to a start 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 the 4-year-old a chance for an automatic berth in the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint on Nov. 7, also at Santa Anita.

"It's a go for us," Lund said. "He's been amazing all season. We're going to hook Grade 1 horses, and he's never been against that kind, but I think he'll fit. If he likes the Polytrack when we run in the Ancient Title, we'll try for the Breeders' Cup."

Atta Boy Roy received a 100 Beyer Speed Figure after shooting through fractions of 21.20, 43.20 and 55 seconds. His 1:07 final clocking eclipsed the previous track record of 1:07.40 set by Starbird Road in 2006 and equaled by Atta Boy Roy in his Emerald Downs debut June 6.

Atta Boy Roy earned a 102 Beyer for the June 6 effort, the fastest figure at Emerald since 2005 but short of the top six-furlong ratings in North America in 2009. This Ones for Phil recorded a 115 Beyer at Gulfstream Park in January, and five other horses have topped 110.

"I don't feel like Emerald gets as much consideration with the Beyers as it should," Lund said. "If he had run that race at a different track, I think the number might have been higher."

Lund said Ricky Frazier, Emerald's leading jockey, would have the riding assignment in the Ancient Title.

"The horse really likes Ricky," she said. "He's a sensitive horse, and Ricky knows how he goes. We'd like to have Ricky go with him."

Lund said Atta Boy Roy, who has earned $134,325 for owners Roy and Ellie Schaefer of Port Orchard, Wash., came out of Sunday's race itching for more. A victory in the Ancient Title would more than double his bankroll.

"I've got a very fast horse," Lund said. "They ought to be looking at him as a true contender."