Sadie Lady’s ‘Extra Special’ Stakes Triumph Caps Four-Win Day For Atras

Trainer Rob Atras didn’t blast Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” from his office speakers, but it would have been warranted after he saddled four winners at Aqueduct in Ozone Park, N.Y., on Saturday, highlighted by Sadie Lady outlasting Call On Mischief by a head to win the $100,000 Correction in her seasonal debut.

Atras had to wait an additional month for Sadie Lady to make her 5-year-old bow after a stakes race did not fill in February at the Big A. But the New York-bred Freud mare ensured the wait was worth it for her connections, winning for the fifth time in eight starts since turning 4 in 2020.

Sadie Lady earned a career-best 84 Beyer for her first career stakes score, going gate-to-wire at 5-1 under jockey Manny Franco, who earned his third win of the day and kept his charge pressed forward as Call On Mischief linked up with her in the final furlong through a head-bob finish.

“She came out of the race really good,” Atras said. “We were sitting on her for a little while after she won her last race in December. Unfortunately, the New York-bred stakes [Broadway] didn’t fill, so we pointed her towards this race and everything worked out. She trained good in the morning and is an aggressive horse and she’s battled like that before in races. I was so happy to see her compete like that in the lane.”

A future spot for Sadie Lady, owned by Dennis Narlinger and bred by JMJ Racing Stables, will be determined in the next week, Atras said.

“We’re not quite sure just yet. We never looked past this race,” he said. “We wanted to see how she performed and go from there. In the next few days, we’ll map out a plan.”

Atras also teamed with jockey Dylan Davis to win with both Saint Selby [$8.90] in the opening race and Heavy Roller [$3.60] in Race 4. Storm Advisory, guided by meet-leading rider Kendrick Carmouche, gave Atras his third win of the day in Race 5 before Sadie Lady’s victory in the feature.

“I’m just really grateful,” Atras said. “To do something like that, especially in New York, is special. We’ve had multi-winner days but nothing ever like that. It’s hard to win one race in a day, so to win four, it’s a great feeling. To cap it off with a stakes win was extra special.”

Atras, who saddled his first winner in 2009, set a personal-best in 2020 when he won 43 races, posting a 43-39-38 record with 210 starters and earnings of more than $2 million. He’s already built on that success, earning his first two career graded stakes wins in 2021 with Chateau and American Power.

“I’ve always wanted to focus on quality, not just quantity,” Atras said. “Our stable has grown quite a bit, but I think we’ve upgraded our quality, too, and that’s been one of my goals. That’s not to say I don’t like the $10,000 or $20,000 claimers, but every time I lead a horse over, I like to be a contender. That’s the focal point of the operation.”

Atras had updates on those stakes winners, as American Power, the last out-winner of the seven-furlong Grade 3 Toboggan on January 30 at the Big A, breezed four furlongs in 50.44 seconds on Sunday over the Belmont training track.

American Power, owned by Sanford and Irwin Goldfarb and the Estate of Ira Davis, could target either the Grade 1, $300,000 Carter Handicap that will be featured on the Grade 2 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino card on April 3. Atras also said the starter stakes on Saturday, March 27, at Aqueduct could be a possibility for a less ambitious spot.

After defeating claiming company over a sloppy track at Belmont going one mile in October, American Power registered a 3 ¼-length win in an optional claimer in December at Aqueduct to cap his 5-year-old year. Atras moved him up to graded stakes company for his 6-year-old debut, and he responded by outkicking Pete’s Play Call by a half length to win the Toboggan last out over the same one-turn distance as the Carter.

“He worked really good and his last couple of works have been pretty sharp,” Atras said. “It seems like his last few races have been better than the next. I always liked him as soon as I got him. He’s always trained well. His confidence is high and he’s breaking sharp and rating the race right away. All his races, he’s fought all-out. He’s just stepped up to the task every time.”

Chateau is another stakes-winning sprinter who found success at Aqueduct, wiring the field in a 3 1/2-length victory in the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap on March 6 that netted the 6-year-old his first triple-digit speed figure, garnering a clean 100 one start after earning a 96 for his front-running win against optional claimers on January 18 over the same track.

Overall, Chateau has won five of his seven career starts at Aqueduct, logging a 5-2-2 mark in nine career starts in Ozone Park. His last 18 starts have been at six furlongs or less, though Atras said his success at Aqueduct could tempt him to stretch him out in the Carter. It would be Chateau’s longest race since running fifth in a one-mile maiden claimer in September 2018.

“He came out of the race really good, and I was very pleased, especially after a top effort like that,” Atras said. “We’re kicking around the idea of starting in the Carter. His record is really good at Aqueduct, so he likes that track and we’re considering it, even though the distance might not be to his liking. But we’re considering it.”

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