Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A good break from post 5 helped Attila's Parting score his first career victory in Tuesday's $75,000 Totah Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings.
Ridden by Brian Theriot for owners Margaret DuPont and Margaret Bloss, Attila's Parting made his 4 1/2-furlong trip in :53.12, and his margin of victory was one length from runner-up Jenson's Miracle. The $45,000 winner's share of the Totah Stakes purse pushed the homebred gelding's earnings to $50,864.
Attila's Parting's stablemate Storms Surprise finished third, 1 ¾ lengths behind the winner.
“I just love both of these Attila's Storm colts,” said trainer Owen Bringhurst. “I thought the other colt (Storms Surprise) might be a little better, but the winner was one who had the best preparation coming into this race.”
Attila's Parting became the second stakes winner from 25 starters sired by Attila's Storm, a 10-year-old son of the Storm Cat stallion Forest Wildcat who banked $534,983 from 18 starts from 2004-07, and whose five wins included the Grade 3, $105,100 Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in '07.
Attila's Storm's starters have earned more than $522,000. Owned by James E. Helzer and R.D. Hubbard the stallion stands for a $1,500 fee at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Attila's Parting's dam, Parting, is a 12-year-old daughter of the Halo stallion Hay Halo who won the 2002 Texas Stallion Stakes (R) at Retama Park and finished second to Moonlight Sonata in that season's Grade 3, $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes at Arlington Park. The gelding's second dam, the Kentucky-bred Damascus mare Pocasset, was an allowance winner at Hollywood Park in '84.
Attila's Parting was coming off of consecutive second-place finishes in maiden special weight races on May 5 and May 25. In the Totah, he was sent to post at odds of 3-1 and returned an $8.20 win mutuel.
Bolger Lane finished fourth and was followed by Key To The Venture, who unseated rider Alfonso Perez a few steps out of the gate. A stewards' inquiry following the race resulted in no change in the original order of finish.
Runner-up Jenson's Miracle is a homebred colt by the Include stallion Rocket Included who has earned $17,180 from two outs for his owner, Lucky Six Inc. Jenson's Miracle was coming off of a third-place finish in a 4 1/2-furlong sprint for state-bred maiden 2-year-olds at SunRay on May 25.
The Totah also marked the second career start for Storms Surprise, as the homebred Attila's Storm gelding was just 25 days removed from a half-length victory in his debut, a 4 1/2-furlong, $14,300 maiden special weight dash on May 25. Storms Surprise has banked $16,830 for his owners, Margaret DuPont and Margaret Bloss.
Bringhurst didn't say what was next for Attila's Parting and Storms Surprise, but he did say that he thinks both horses should be able to handle longer distances in the future.
“I think they'll both be okay stretching out,” the trainer added. “(Storms Surprise) is out of a Bertrando mare, and the other is out of a Hay Halo mare, so they both should stretch out good.”