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Forger Wins Dine Stakes
RSS Feeds Tuesday, June 7, 2016
A sharp break from his rail post helped R.D. Hubbard’s Forger score a wire-to-wire victory in Monday’s $35,800 Dine Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at SunRay Park.

Ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr. for trainer Todd Fincher, Forger established early fractions of :22.55 and :45.00 and reached the wire in 1:18.26 for 6 1/2 furlongs, and his margin of victory was 1 1/2 lengths from Ivan El Grande. The $21,480 winner’s share of the purse increased the homebred gelding’s earnings to $56,962.

Forger is one of 62 winners from 88 starters sired by Attila’s Storm, a 14-year-old Kentucky-bred son of the Storm Cat stallion Forest Wildcat. Raced in five states from 2004-07, Attila’s Storm banked $534,983 from 18 starts, and his two career stakes wins included a 1 1/4-length victory as the odds-on favorite in the 6-furlong, $107,100 Toboggan Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct in 2007.

Attila’s Storm has sired the winners of 13 official black-type stakes and the earners of more than $5.1 million, including multiple stakes winners Thermal, Little Vidalia, and Reaper. The stallion is owned by R.D. Hubbard and stands at Fred and Linda Alexander’s A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.

Forger is also one of four winners from five starters produced by Faked Out, a winning 13-year-old mare by the Gone West stallion Gone Hollywood. The gelding’s third dam, the Wing Out mare Shywing, won five stakes at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita from 1985-86 and ran second in the ’86 La Canada Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita.

Forger traces back to his fourth dam, the unraced Restless Wind mare Cheyenne Birdsong. A 1975 foal and a half sister to graded stakes winners Erwin Boy and Siberian Express, Cheyenne Birdsong produced four stakes winners from 12 starters, three of which were half brothers to Shywing, including Grade 3 winners Creston and Compelling Sound.

Forger was making his first start since April 5, when he scored a wire-to-wire, two-length victory in a 4 1/2-furlong, $30,880 first-level allowance for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park. The gelding has won three of his six outs, and he was a finalist in last year’s $146,572 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.

Dom Dee Dom Dom finished third, 3 1/4 lengths behind Forger. Bloss, 2-1 favorite Proud Zoning, Back Seat Hero, Southwest Moonlite, My Bull, and True Heat completed the order of finish.

Runner-up Ivan El Grande races for Tricar Stables Inc. A homebred son of the Storm Cat stallion Storm Dani, the colt has won one of four outs, and the 7,160 second-place share of the Dine Stakes purse pushed his earnings to $25,706.

Dom Dee Dom Dom races for Tom and Sandy McKenna’s Judge Lanier Racing, which also bred the gelded son of the Storm Cat stallion Dominique’s Cat. A maiden and a $12,500 claimer during the 2015 Zia Park fall meet, Dom Dee Dom Dom has banked $22,800 from 12 starts.

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