Saturday, May 26, 2012
Jose Rivera Jr. rode Dashkova to a come-from-behind victory in Saturday's $75,000 Aztec Oaks Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at SunRay Park.
Saddled by Dwain Grissom for owner Double Kee LLC, Dashkova covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:20.23 after closing on the early fractions of :24.14 and :47.94 set by early leaders Rio Fresco and Vinton Row. The bay daughter of Atilla's Storm's margin of victory was one length from Vinton Row, and she returned a $9.60 win mutuel as the 7-2 third choice in the field of eight.
Dashkova was bred by Justin Kengye. The filly is the first stakes winner from 21 starters sired by Attila's Storm, a 10-year-old son of the Storm Cat stallion Forest Wildcat whose runners have earned more than $448,000 and include Fallon Fontane, the third-place finisher in the fillies division of the $100,958 Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park on April 14.
Attila's Storm is owned by James E. Helzer and R.D. Hubbard, and the stallion stands for a $1,500 fee at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Dashkova's dam, Olympic Crisis, is an unraced 11-year-old daughter of the Naskra stallion Olympio. Her second dam, the Florida-bred Pass The Line mare Mid Life Crisis, was a two-time allowance winner at Calder Racecourse in Miami in 1996.
The $45,000 winner's share of the Aztec Oaks pushed Dashkova's bankroll to $165,403, of which $150,110 has been earned this season. The filly, who was a $900 buy at the 2010 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, has won four of 12 races – including three of six this year – and her stakes resume includes a 2 1/2-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile, $110,000 New Mexico Breeders' Oaks (R) for state-bred sophomore fillies at Sunland Park on March 25.
Dashkova teamed with runner-up Vinton Row, a 13-1 longshot, for a $2 exacta payoff of $200. Super Stormy, the 9-2 fourth choice, finished third, 1 ½ lengths behind the winner, to complete a $3,575.80 ($2) trifecta.
Roll Bloomers Roll, Easy Loving Who, Silence N Solitude, Whisper's Sister, and 2-1 favorite Rio Fresco completed the order of finish.
Vinton Row is a homebred bay daughter of Pro Prado campaigned by Johnny Black. Unraced as a 2-year-old, the filly has earned $40,250 from four races, and her two wins include a 7 3/4-length score against state-bred $10,000 non-winners-of-two claimers at Sunland on March 18.
Super Stormy was coming off of an 11 1/2-length victory in a 6 1/2-furlong non-winners of-two $6,250 claiming sprint at SunRay on May 13. The homebred dark bay or brown daughter of Suave Prospect has won two of 12 starts and has banked $42,948 for her owner, J. Kirk Robison of El Paso, Texas.