Saturday, December 28, 2013
Making just his second career start, Michael C. Stinson’s Proceed was a prompt 4-5 favorite in Saturday’s $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park.
Proceed covered his eight-furlong trip in 1:38.10 under jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr., after the colt closed on the fractions of :22.75, :48.04, and 1:12.65 established by multiple stakes winner Reaper. Proceed’s winning margin was 4 3/4 lengths from D E Lover. Joel Marr trained the homebred son of Desert God.
Proceed was making his first start since November 13, when the colt rallied to score a 14 1/2-length victory in his career debut, a 1-mile maiden special weight route for state-bred 2-year-olds at Zia Park. He became the 23rd stakes winner from 162 starters sired by Desert God, an unraced 22-year-old son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Fappiano.
A half brother to graded stakes winners Smolensk, Better Than Honour, and Turnberry Isle, Desert God has sired the earners of more than $12.1 million, including multiple stakes winners Peppers Pride, Our Choice, Train Rider Blues, and Attitude E Racer. The stallion was pensioned earlier this year and is currently living on owner Joe Allen’s ranch near Abilene, Texas.
Proceed is also one of three winners from as many starters foaled by Annis, a winning 9-year-old daughter of the Glitterman stallion Texas Glitter. The colt is a half brother to Worthington, a Western Gambler gelding who won the July 6, $20,000 Mark Villa Memorial Stakes at Ruidoso Downs, as well as the 5-furlong, $50,000 Minstrel Stakes on the turf at Louisiana Downs in 2011, and Thibodaux, a sophomore daughter of Early Flyer who ran second to Winter Book in the August 10, $50,000 Aspen Cup Stakes at Ruidoso.
Proceed’s second dam, the winning Florida-bred Montbrook mare Baybrook, produced six winners from six starters, including Cinnamon Road, a half brother to Annis and Grade 3-placed colt who won the ‘09 Needles Stakes at Calder Racecourse in Miami. A 1996 foal, Baybrooke is a half sister to Lunar Bounty, the winner of the Grade 2, $133,750 Bashford Manor Stakes for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs in 2001.
Proceed traces back to his fourth dam, the multiple stakes placed Rock Talk mare Hardly. A 1977 foal, Hardly foaled the earners of $1,225,648, including three-time Grade 2 winner Foresta, and Wising Up, a daughter of Smarten who won four stakes in 1985, including the $80,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita.
The $51,000 winner’s share of the Red Hedeman Mile purse pushed Proceed’s earnings to $68,040 from two outs. The colt returned a $3.60 win mutuel and teamed with D E Lover, the 9-2 third choice in the field of seven, for a $2 exacta payoff of $11.
Reaper, Chili Con Queso, El Maximo, Dandy Don Who, and Outlaw In Town completed the order of finish.
A chestnut gelding by the Pioneering stallion So Long Birdie racing for E.B. Racing, Mark James Allen, and trainer Tony Sedillo, D E Lover was coming off of consecutive allowance wins at Ruidoso Downs and Zia Park. D E Lover has won two of five starts and has banked $54,580 while racing exclusively in New Mexico.
Reaper has earned $200,730 from five outs for owner R.D. Hubbard, who also bred the gelded bay son of Attila’s Storm. Reaper has won three races, including the 5-furlong, $167,391 Mountain Top Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs on July 22, and the 6-furlong, $152,720 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings Stakes (R) at Zia Park on October 27.
The Red Hedeman Mile honors the memory of Red Hedeman, a longtime resident of the Sunland Park area who was involved in every aspect of the horse racing industry in New Mexico prior to his death at the age of 70 in 2002.