Updated on 09/18/2011 12:49AM

Woodbine: Atlas Shrugs gets through

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Atlas Shrugs wins the $126,200 Woodstock Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday.

Atlas Shrugs ($20) overcame traffic problems at the top of the stretch to capture the $126,200 Woodstock Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Atlas Shrugs, under Corey Fraser, raced far off a rapid pace on the backstretch of the six-furlong sprint. L'Argent set fractions of 22.13 and 45.63 seconds over a sloppy track, while being stalked by favored Vibank and Ballado Dancer.

Atlas Shrugs rallied strongly along the inside, but ran out of room exiting the turn after Fraser moved him off the rail. When a hole opened up, Atlas Shrugs split rivals and then kicked clear for a 2 1/4-length triumph over Vibank. Louie Nekia finished third in the eight-horse field. The time was 1:11.65.

Atlas Shrugs, who was claimed for $50,000 in December by trainer Reade Baker, earned $75,000.

"He's such a game horse," said Fraser. "Even after I took a hold of him, I still had the feeling that I was going to win."