Sunday, May 26, 2013
Gary L. Thompson's Attila's Hurricane led at every call en route to a 2 3/4-length victory in the 6 1/2-furlong, $65,000 Dine Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings at SunRay Park on Sunday.
A homebred son of Attila's Storm trained by Bart Hone, Attila's Hurricane set moderate fractions of :23.93 and :47.26 before he stopped the timer in 1:19.75 under jockey Isaias Cardenas, who was riding the chestnut gelding for the first time in his six-race career. Attila's Hurricane was making his first start since April 7, when he ran a distant seventh against open company in an entry-level 5 1/2-furlong allowance-optional claiming ($25,000) sprint at Sunland Park.
Attila's Hurricane became the seventh stakes winner from 37 starters sired by Attila's Storm, a graded stakes winning son of the Storm Cat stallion Forest Wildcat whose runners have earned more than $1.4 million and include stakes winners Thermal, Dashkova, Indication N M, Storms Surprise, and Attila's Parting.
Racing primarily in New York and California from 2004-07, Attila's Storm banked $534,983 from 18 starts, and his five victories included the 6-furlong, $112,500 Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct in 2005, and the 6-furlong, $107,100 Toboggan Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct in '07. The stallion is owned by James E. Helzer and R.D. Hubbard, and he stands at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Attila's Hurricane's dam, Sandia's Flicka, is a 12-year-old Texas-bred daughter of the Marked Tree stallion Sandia Slew who won six starts, including three stakes, and earned $145,229 while racing in Texas and Louisiana from 1998-2000. The mare has produced two winners from as many starters, including Vernissage, a 2-year-old half brother to Attila's Hurricane who ran second in the colts and geldings division of the April 13, $95,126 Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park.
Attila's Hurricane's third dam, Eleo, a stakes-placed daughter of Full Choke who finished second in three stakes from 1991-92, including the $25,000 Dessie Sawyer Futurity (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque. Eleo is a full sister to Power Connection, a gelding who won eight stakes in New Mexico from 1992-93, and she is a half sister to the stakes-placed runners Alley's Lady and B G's Creation.
Attila's Hurricane traces back to his fourth dam, the winning Draconic mare Draconic's B.G. A New Mexico-bred foal of 1983, Draconic B.G. was a half sister to four stakes winners, including Flying Drone, a colt by Full Choke who won the $77,194 New Mexican Stakes (R) at The Downs at Santa Fe and $53,379 Rio Grande Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs in 1994, and Soiree, a Full Choke filly who won the 1996 Kachina Stakes and Rio Grande Kindergarten Futurity (R) at Ruidoso.
Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, Attila's Hurricane has won three of six starts and has earned $95,991. The gelding won his first two starts, both at Zia Park, before he ran second, 4 ½ lengths behind winner Storm's Surprise, in the in the December 2, $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) at Sunland Park.
Hush's Storm, the odds-on favorite in the field of seven, finished second, 1 ¾ lengths behind Carmen's Rocket. Jacks Party, Key To The Venture, Keagan's Way, and Pie Town N M completed the order of finish.
Hush's Storm was acquired by owners Dale Taylor, Joe Dee Brooks, Carey Taylor, and Jon Hogg for $11,000 at the 2011 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The chestnut son of Attila's Storm has won three of nine starts and has banked $117,493, of which $85,360 has been earned this season, and his race record includes a 1 1/4-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile, $85,000 New Mexico Breeders' Derby (R) at Sunland Park on March 24.
A homebred son of the Include stallion Rocket Included racing for Lucky Six Inc., Carmen's Rocket ran for a $15,000 tag during the 2012-13 Sunland Park meet. The gelding has won two of 12 starts, and the $6,500 third-place share of the Dine Stakes purse increased his bankroll to $41,709. Carmen's Rocket was coming off of a 1 1/2-length win in a 7-furlong, $16,100 non-winners-of-two allowance for state-breds at SunRay Park on April 30.