Sunday, March 17, 2013
Attitude E Racer collected his fourth career stakes victory in Sunday's $85,000 New Mexico State University Handicap (R) for state-bred Thoroughbreds at Sunland Park.
Racing for owner Michael C. Stinson of Fort Worth, Texas, Attitude E Racer covered his 1-mile and 70-yard trip in 1:42.57, after the gelding battled with Groushy Apadana through early fractions of :22.11, :47.41, and 1:12.50. Ken Tohill rode the 5-year-old bay son of Desert God for trainer Joel Marr.
Attitude E Racer was bred by H. Joe Allen of Abilene, Texas, a prominent breeder whose homebreds include 19-time winner Peppers Pride. The gelding is one of 22 stakes winners from 153 starters sired by Desert God, an unraced son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Fappiano and a half brother to graded stakes winners Better Than Honour, Turnberry Isle (IRE), and Smolensk.
Now 22, Desert God has sired the earners of more than $10.9 million, including multiple stakes winners Peppers Pride, Train Rider Blues, Rose's Desert, and Desert Hennessy. The stallion is owned by Dale F. Taylor, Joe Allen, and Ronald Allen, and he stands at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Attitude E Racer is also one of four winners from as many starters produced by Energywithattitude, a winning and stakes-placed 15-year-old daughter of the stakes winning and graded stakes placed Diamond Prospect stallion High Energy. Attitude E Racer's full brother, Fullofenergy, won seven stakes in New Mexico from 2006-10, including four runnings of the Land of Enchantment Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
Attitude E Racer's third dam, the unraced Mickey McGuire mare Just A Drizzle, foaled five winners from five starters, including Latter Day Paula, a filly by Marquetry who won the '01 King County Handicap at Emerald Downs near Seattle.
Attitude E Racer traces back to his fifth dam, Rare Perfume, a multiple stakes winning 1947 foal by the Pilate stallion Eight Thirty. Rare Perfume produced two major stakes winners: Jaipur, a colt by Nasrullah who won nine stakes from 1961-62, including the '62 Belmont Stakes; and Rare Treat, a daughter of Stymie who won five stakes and earned $273,227 while racing from 1955-58.
The New Mexico State University Handicap represented Attitude E Racer's second lifetime stakes win at Sunland Park. In 2011, the gelding scored a 2 ¼ length victory at odds of 24-1 in the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000 New Mexico Breeders' Derby (R) for state-bred 3-year-olds.
All told, Attitude E Racer has earned $348,789 from 19 starts, and his five wins include last year's 6-furlong, $170,720 New Mexico Cup Sprint Championship (R) at Zia Park, and the 6 1/2-furlong, $85,000 Dine Stakes (R) at SunRay Park in 2011. His stakes resume includes a second-place finish to On Down The Road in the December 30, 1 1/16-mile Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) at Sunland Park.
Mr. Wizard finished second, a neck behind Attitude E Racer, and was followed by even-money favorite On Down The Road, Groushy Apadana, Nuggets Please, Jannas Pride, Lesters Secret, Brother Louie, That's Who, and Silver Matthias.
Mr. Wizard is a 4-year-old gelding by the Afternoon Deelites stallion Premeditation racing for W.D. Carson Sr., M.H. Carson, and Leach Racing LLC. A one-time $10,000 claimer, Mr. Wizard has won three of 20 starts, including two allowance races during the current Sunland Park meet, and he has banked $114,984.
On Down The Road is campaigned by Lisa M. Rehburg of Mountain Center, California. A 5-year-old gelding by Desert God, On Down The Road was coming off of a three-quarter length victory in the Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R). The gelding has won five of 14 outs, including two stakes, and his race record includes a second-place finish to Daddy O. in last year's NMSU Handicap.