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Atta Boy Roy ends career with runner-up finish in Phoenix
AUBURN — One of the fastest Thoroughbreds in state history capped a brilliant career with a runner-up finish Friday in the $35,000 Swift Stakes at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.
Atta Boy Roy and jockey Daniel Vergara chased Streakin Mohican ($15.20) from flag-fall to finish, but came up a length short as Streakin Mohican covered 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02.08 on a fast track. Atta Boy Roy earned $6,860 and became only the fifth Washington-bred to surpass $600,000 in career earnings with $602,276.
An 8-year-old ridgling, Atta Boy Roy compiled a 14-8-1 record in 36 starts, topped by a gate-to-wire victory in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap in 2010.
Trained by Valorie Lund and owned by R.E.V. Racing, Atta Boy Roy also starred at Emerald Downs, where in 2009 he was voted Top Washington Bred and Top Sprinter after winning two stakes.
Atta Boy Roy will be entering stud in 2013 at Blue Ribbon Farm in Buckley. He will stand for a fee of $2,000 live foal.
Absolutely Cool, also a Washington-bred trained by Valorie Lund, finished third.
Northwest U lost its third straight, falling 79-72 at Concordia.
• Center Chris Mitchell of No. 2 Western Washington was named to the Division II District 8 first team.
• David Downs and Jobi Wall, both starters for No. 4 Seattle Pacific, were two of five players selected to the All-District Academic Team.
Seattle University earned its first win of the dual season with a 5-2 victory at Idaho State.
Northwest U fell to 1-13 in conference play with a 69-49 loss at Concordia.
Seattle U earned its first win of the dual season with a 5-2 victory at Idaho State.
Washington State stayed undefeated at home with a win over Idaho, 156-106.
Washington won at home over No. 12 Arizona with a score of 196.025 to 195.200.
• Seattle Pacific fell at home, scoring 191.450 to UC Davis' 194.125.
Track and Field
Led by Cindy Robinson's two wins, Washington State athletes won eight events at the Vandal Indoor meet, hosted by Idaho.
Compiled from sports-information reports.
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