Sunday, December 08, 2013
Hush’s Storm outran his 8-1 odds to win the $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on Sunday.
Racing for Dale Taylor, Joe Dee Brooks, Carey Taylor and Jon Hogg, Hush’s Storm went 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.78 after closing on the fractions of :22.74 and :45.53 set by Hunting Dixie and Attitude E Racer. The 3-year-old gelding’s winning margin was one length from Thermal.
Aldo Arboleda rode Hush's Storm for trainer Todd Fincher.
Hush’s Storm was bred by JEH Stallion Station New Mexico. An $11,000 purchase at the 2011 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, he is one of nine stakes winners sired by Attila’s Storm, an 11-year-old son of the Storm Cat stallion Forest Wildcat who won two stakes between 2004-07, including the 2005 Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct, and who ran second to Proud Tower Too in the ‘05 Malibu Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita.
Attila’s Storm has sired the earners of more than $2.3 million from 48 starters, including multiple stakes winners Thermal and Dashkova, and stakes winners Indication N M, Storms Surprise, and Attila’s Parting. The stallion is owned by R.D. Hubbard, and he will stand the 2014 season for a $3,000 fee at Fred and Linda Alexander’s A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Hush’s Storm is also one of three winners from as many starters foaled by Hush’s Gold, an 11-year-old daughter of the Seeking The Gold stallion Untold Gold who won the 2004 Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque and Rio Grande Senorita Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.
Hush’s Storm’s second dam, the Kentucky-bred Calumar mare Whats The Hush, produced two winners from three starters. Whats The Hush is a half sister to two stakes winners -- Ropersandwranglers, a filly by Endow who won nine stakes at Emerald Downs from 1996-99, and Desert Road, a gelded son of Desert God who won the $149,250 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs in 2011.
Hush’s Storm traces back to his fifth dam, Irish Arrival, a daughter of The Irish Lord who won the ‘80 Anoakia Stakes (G3) for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita. Irish Arrival foaled two stakes winners, including Grade 3 winner Kool Arrival.
Racing exclusively in New Mexico, Hush’s Storm has banked $203,137 from 16 starts, and the gelding’s four wins include a 1 1/4-length victory in the March 24, 1 1/16-mile New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R) at Sunland Park. Of his total earnings, $171,004 has been banked this season.
Hush’s Storm paid $19.40 to win and teamed with Thermal, whose odds were 5-1, for a $2 exacta return of $118. Gotta Move, a 46-1 longshot, ran third, 1 1/3 lengths behind the winner, to round out a $8,316.70 ($1) trifecta.
Devons Ca Ching finished fourth and was followed by Flash Me The Cash, Dueling Dom, Chuchuluco, 5-2 favorite Mr. Wizard, Doms Thunder, Attitude E Racer, Groushy Apadana, and Hunting Dixie.
Thermal is a homebred 3-year-old gelded son of Attila’s Storm campaigned by R.D. Hubbard. Thermal has won five of 14 races, including two stakes during his 2-year-old season, and the $18,700 runner-up share of the Johnie L. Jamison Handicap purse pushed his earnings to $241,237.
A gray or roan 5-year-old gelding by the Silver Ghost stallion Ghostly Moves owned by Jose Rivera, Gotta Move was making his first start since October 12, when he ran fourth in the 1-mile, $37,000 University of New Mexico Handicap (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque. The one-time $6,250 claimer has won two of 27 races and has banked $115,088.