Atchata dominant in stakes victory; Apriority now a top 5 first-crop sire
Atchata once again advertised the merits of her young sire Apriority in scintillating style on Saturday when running out the impressive winner of the D. S. Shine Futurity at Evangeline. The filly, the good winner of her maiden at Belmont Park for Steve Asmussen last month, is the sole runner by her young sire to date, who stands at Michelle Rodriguez’s Elite Thoroughbreds.
Atchata 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.
Saturday’s wide-margin success pushed her earnings to $100,000 while placing Apriority within the nation’s top five first-crop sires ahead of the likes of Cairo Prince, Verrazano and Will Take Charge.
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. The son of Grand Slam was retired to stand at Elite in a deal co-brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock and Bradley Thoroughbred Brokerage
Apriority stood the past season at Michelle Rodriguez’s Elite Thoroughbreds for $2,500.