Monday, October 15, 2012
Indication NM, a New Mexico-bred gelding by Attila's Storm, scored his first stakes victory in Sunday's $55,090 Governor's Cup Stakes for 2-year-olds at Zia Park.
Racing for Robert F. Haynsworth and J & SM Inc. and sent to post at odds of 9-1, Indication NM went 6 furlongs in 1:11.51, and his margin of victory was three-quarters of a length from odds-on favorite Estrickator. Afredo Juarez Jr. rode Indication NM for trainer Fred Danley.
Indication NM was bred by John T.L. Jones, R.D. Hubbard, and Ted Abrams. The gelding became the fifth stakes winner sired by Attila's Storm, a 10-year-old son of the Storm Cat stallion Forest Wildcat. From 1993-96, Attila's Storm earned $478,862 from 20 starts, and his five wins included the 2005 Fall Highweight Handicap and '07 Toboggan Handicap (G3), both at Aqueduct.
Attila's Storm has sired the earners of more than $777,000 from 31 starters, including Attila's Parting, the winner of the June 19, $75,000 Totah Stakes (R) at SunRay Park, and Thermal, the winner of the June 23, $134,957 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs. The stallion is owned by James E. Helzer and R.D. Hubbard, and he stood the 2012 season for a $1,500 fee at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Indication NM's dam, Indicate, is an unraced 12-year-old daughter of the Seattle Slew stallion A.P. Indy. The gelding's second dam, the Dixieland Band mare Dixie Daylight, produced Dana My Love, a half sister to Indicate who was the champion imported 2-year-old filly in Puerto Rico in 2008.
Indication NM traces back to his third dam, Exclusive Love, a multiple stakes winning mare by Exclusive Native who ran second in the 1982 Ashland Stakes (G2) at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. One of Exclusive Love's starters, Anything For Love, ran second in the '86 Landaluce Stakes (G3) for 2-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park.
A $16,000 buy at the 2011 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Indication NM has won four of six starts and has earned $73,145. The gelding was making his first start since June 23, when he ran third, 2 ¼ lengths behind Thermal, in the Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity. Indication NM also was a finalist in the colts and geldings division of the 4 1/2-furlong, $120,989 Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park on April 14.
Indication NM returned a $20.80 win mutuel and paired with runner-up Estrickator for a $2 exacta payoff of $46.60. Ize In Command, the 4-1 third choice in the field of seven, finished third to complete a $104.90 ($1) trifecta.
Papa G.T., I Stand Alone, Be Here Now, and Alarm Bell completed the order of finish.
Estrickator was coming off of a third-place finish in the September 28, $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes at Remington Park for his owner, Connie Scherr, who also bred the bay gelding by the Gone West stallion Intimidator. Estrickator has won two of five starts, and the $12,100 second-place share of the Governor's Cup Stakes purse pushed his bankroll to $72,418.
Ize In Command is a Kentucky-bred gelding by Master Command campaigned by Gaylon McGee. A $10,000 purchase at the 2011 Keeneland Association September Yearling Sale, Ize In Command has earned $20,440 from two races. He was coming off of a one-length victory in a 5-furlong, $24,980 maiden special weight sprint at Zia Park on September 24.