Saturday, July 28, 2012
Heza Perfect Storm, a homebred gelding by Attila's Storm (TB) racing for David E. Barrett, broke his maiden in Saturday's 400-yard, $20,000 By By JJ Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs.
Ridden by Bonifacio Perez for trainer Fred Danley, Heza Perfect Storm made his 400-yard trip in :20.074 while being aided by a 15-mph tail wind. His margin of victory was a neck from stablemate Easily A Gent, and the winner's share of the purse increased his earnings to $13,260 from five starts.
Heza Perfect Storm represents the first Quarter Horse stakes winner sired by Attila's Storm, a 10-year-old son of the Storm Cat stallion Forest Wildcat. Racing from 2004-07, Attila's Storm banked $534,983 from 18 outs, and his five wins included the 2007 Toboggan Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct.
From two crops, Attila's Storm has sired three Thoroughbred stakes winners, including multiple stakes winner Dashkova and Thermal, the winner of the June 23, $134,957 Mountain Top Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Ruidoso Downs. The stallion is owned by James E. Helzer and R.D. Hubbard, and he stands for a $1,500 fee at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Heza Perfect Storm's dam, Fame Us Katie, is a winning 10-year-old daughter of the late First Down Dash stallion Dash Ta Fame. The gelding's half brother, the Mighty Invictus gelding Fast Movin Vic, won the 2010 AQHA New Mexico Juvenile Challenge Stakes (G3) at Ruidoso.
Heza Perfect Storm was coming off of a third-place finish, 1 ¾ lengths behind third-fastest qualifier Tombstone, in the fourth of nine Zia Futurity trials on July 13. Sent to post at odds of 9-1 in the By By JJ Stakes, Heza Perfect Storm returned a $20.20 win mutuel and teamed with Easily A Gent, a 20-1 longshot, for a $2 exacta payoff of $843.60.
Balderinas Surprise crossed the wire third but was disqualified and placed fifth following a stewards' inquiry. After Heza Perfect Storm and Easily A Gent, the official order of finish was Ping Pong Patty, Ms James, Balderinas Surprise, Jesse Fame, All Eyez On Me, Dashin Ace, and Slew By You.
Easily A Gent is a homebred gelding by the Naevus (TB) stallion Jacksboro owned by Rita Danley. A maiden, Easily A Gent has earned $7,785 from six outs, and his race record includes a third-place finish in a 350-yard New Mexico-bred allowance race at SunRay Park on June 3.
Ping Pong Patty has banked $18,243 from five races for her owners, Neale and Shawn Edwards and Robert Stratton, who also bred the sorrel daughter of Jesse James Jr. The filly was coming off of a second-place finish to second-fastest qualifier The Four Js in the eighth Zia Futurity trial, and she was a finalist in the June 16, $306,456 Mountain Top Futurity (R) at Ruidoso.
Named to honor the winner of the 2003 All American Futurity (G1), the By By JJ Stakes was restricted to state-bred 2-year-olds who started in this year's Zia Futurity (RG1) trials.