04/07/2007 12:00AM

Icy Atlantic no longer an understudy


ARCADIA, Calif. - Icy Atlantic was a warm-up act in 2006, a pacesetter for stablemate English Channel in races such as Turf Classic and Breeders' Cup Turf. This year, Icy Atlantic is becoming his own attraction.

With a late burst of speed, Icy Atlantic ($12) pulled a minor upset in Saturday's $150,000 Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita. The victory was the first graded stakes win for Icy Atlantic since the Grade 3 Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park in 2004.

Icy Atlantic ran a mile on turf in 1:35.18. He finished a head in front of El Roblar, who was a half-length in front of Willow O Wisp in the field of nine.

El Roblar led narrowly in the final sixteenth over Willow O Wisp, but neither could hold off Icy Atlantic, who was ridden by Ramon Dominguez.

Icy Atlantic, 6, races for Jim Scatuorchio and trainer Todd Pletcher. He has won 6 of 32 starts and $727,630.

The race was marred by a fatal breakdown to Hendrix, who was severely injured while racing in mid-pack on the final turn.