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TRJ territory roots for Atta Boy Roy, Cash Refund in BC Sprint

November 6, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Atta Boy Roy, Washington’s heroic homebred, takes on 11 other sprinters in today’s fifth race at Churchill Downs, the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Calvin Borel will be his jockey for the 6-furlong event.

Although his morning-line odds are 12-to-1, many handicappers give the 5-year-old son of Tribunal a big chance to prevail. DRF handicappers Byron King and Kenny Peck both pick him on top in their predictions for the race.

Bred in Washington by Patricia Murphy and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Pabst, Atta Boy Roy started his career in Turf Paradise for owner REV Racing. After breaking his maiden in his second race, trainer Valorie Lund launched a campaign that saw “Roy” also pick up wins at Prairie Meadows and Canterbury Park before returning to his hometown in the shadow of Mount Rainier.

At Emerald Downs, “Roy” won the Governor’s Handicap and Chinook Pass in 2009. Between those victories, he led through three calls in the Grade III Longacres Mile before fading to a fifth-place finish.

Back on the campaign trail, “Roy” tried a few new tracks, with mixed success. Today sees him back at a venue that gave him a win during his recent tour, Churchill Downs, where he had won a Grade II by leading wire-to-wire on a sloppy track.

Cash Refund also seems to like this track, having picked up a win here in 2009. The lightly raced 4-year-old gelding by Petionville most recently finished third in the Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows. (Atta Boy Roy finished second in that race.)

This race might be the toughest of his life, but DRF handicapper Kenny Peck picks Cash Refund to finish third in the race. His morning-line odds are 20-to-1.

TRJ handicappers with regional loyalties might just want to pick a third runner from the “non- TRJ” stock and build a trifecta bet with the 8 (Cash Refund) and 11 (Atta Boy Roy) … just for fun!