Atchata becomes first winner for Apriority
IT hasn’t taken long for Elite Thoroughbreds’ Apriority to make his mark. The son of Grand Slam, who was retired to stand at Elite in a deal co-brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock and Bradley Thoroughbred Brokerage, was represented by his first winner on Friday when Atchata – his first runner – scored in a $75,000 MSW at Belmont Park for Steve Asmussen.
Making only her second start following a third on debut on May 24, Atchata was an easy winner on Friday, rolling to a length and a half victory. She was bred by 4M Ranch in Louisiana out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Sweet Jackie Jo and bought by William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s East Hickman Racing for $85,000 at the OBS March 2-year-olds in training sale.
Apriority was a tough performer from 5 1/2 furlongs to a mile, winning six races for trainer David Fawkes and owner-breeder Donald Dizney including the Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) over 6f at Gulfstream Park. He also ran second to Morning Line in the Carter Handicap (G1) at Aqueduct.
Apriority stood the past season at Michelle Rodriguez’s Elite Thoroughbreds for $2,500.