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Belmont Stakes 2012 Bloodlines: Atigun

Belmont Stakes 2012 logo.
Photo: Kevin Creative (Kevin House)
by Jarrod Horak
Which horse has the best pedigree to handle twelve furlongs in the final leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday, June 9 at Belmont Park? My Belmont Stakes alphabetical list continues with Atigun.  
Atigun’s sire Istan raced 21 times from 2004-07. He captured a pair of flat mile grade three events (Ack Ack, TP Fall Championship) in ’07 and banked more than $461k in his career. He is also the sire of G3 Lecomte hero Mr. Bowling.
Istan’s sire Gone West (by Mr. Prospector) was on the Triple Crown trail in 1987, making waves in the Hutcheson (2nd), Fountain of Youth (3rd), Gotham (1st),  Wood Memorial (2nd), Withers (1st), and Peter Pan (2nd), before finishing 6th in the Belmont Stakes. The late Gone West sired his 100th stakes winner earlier this year.
Istan’s dam Ronda (GB), by Bluebird, was a group three winner in France in 1999. She came to the US later that year and raced until 2000, hitting the board in the G1 Garden City BC Handicap, G3 Jenny Wiley, and G2 Just a Game.  
Atigun’s dam Rimini Road (by Dynaformer) raced once, finishing 3rd in a mile and a sixteenth straight maiden affair at Woodbine in 2002.
Dynaformer (by Roberto) brings class and stamina to this side of the pedigree. He won 7 of 30 starts from 1987-89 and earned more than $671k. He won the G2 Jersey Derby and G2 Discovery in 1988.
The late Dynaformer was responsible for 130 stakes winners including ’06 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.
Rimini Road’s dam Evangelical (by Devil’s Bag) won the G3 Gardenia Stakes at Ellis Park in 1990.
Atigun has some stamina influences on the female side of his pedigree but hardly owns stellar twelve furlong breeding. He failed to threaten in a trio of graded routes and seems up against it vs. the likes of I’ll Have Another.   


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