California stallion Atticus, who sired progeny with earnings of more than $14.5 million, died of natural causes on Tuesday, Barton Thoroughbreds announced. He was 27.
The son of Nureyev was a Grade 1-winning millionaire on the track who won or placed in six graded races at five different tracks and set the world record for one mile in 1:31.89 winning the 1997 Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap on the turf.
Atticus began his racing career in Europe, where his early highlights included a win in the French G3 Prix de Fontainebleau, followed by a runner-up effort in the French 2000 Guineas. He came stateside in 1996 and became a dual surface star, winning the G3 Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap on the dirt, the G2 Arcadia on the turf, and returning to the main track once more for his career finale, a win in the G1 Oaklawn Handicap.
He sired more than 30 stakes performers, including G1 Florida Derby winner High Fly, Trinidad and Tobago champion Fantastic Story, California Cup Classic winner Lucky Primo and California Cup Mile winner Bruce's Dream.
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