Saturday, January 18, 2014
R.D. Hubbard’s Reaper, a homebred gelding by Attila’s Storm, rallied off of a fast pace to win the 6-furlong, $85,000 Pepsi Cola Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park on Saturday.
Prepped by Todd Fincher, Reaper closed off of the fractions of :20.99 and :43.98 established by pacesetter Infinite Bull, and he reached the wire in 1:10.10 under jockey Irwin Rosendo. The $51,000 winner’s share of the Pepsi Cola Stakes purse pushed his career earnings to $251,730 from six starts, all of which have been made in New Mexico.
Reaper is one of nine stakes winners sired by Attila’s Storm, a 12-year-old son of the Storm Cat stallion Forest Wildcat whose 48 starters have banked more than $2.4 million and include multiple stakes winners Thermal and Dashkova, and stakes winners Indication N M, Storms Surprise, and Attila’s Parting.
Racing between 2004-07, Attila’s Storm earned $534,983 from 18 outs, and his five wins included a 1 1/4-length victory in the 6-furlong, $105,100 Toboggan Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct in ’07. The stallion is owned by Hubbard, and he is standing the 2014 season at Fred and Linda Alexander’s A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Reaper is also one of two winners from as many starters foaled by Hang Glide, a winning homebred daughter of the Storm Cat stallion Dome who placed in six New Mexico-bred stakes from 2005-08. Now 11, Hang Glide is also the dam of Thermal, a full brother to Reaper who won the $140,720 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Colts and Geldings Stakes (R) at Zia Park and $134,957 Mountain Top Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in 2012.
Reaper’s second dam, the unraced homebred Fappiano mare Shes Flying, produced four winners from five starters, including Sky Diver, a half brother to Hang Glide and winner of the 2003 Sandia Handicap at The Downs at Albuquerque and Free Spirit Handicap at Ruidoso.
Reaper traces back to his third dam, Shywing, a California-bred daughter of the Boldnesian stallion Wing Out. A 1982 foal, Shywing was a multiple stakes winner in California from 1985-87, and her race record included a second-place run in the ’86 La Canada Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park.
Shywing was a half sister to three stakes winners, including Compelling Sound, a multiple Grade 3-winning colt by Seattle Slew, and Creston, a Grade 3-winning gelding by Flying Paster.
Reaper was shortening in distance off of a third-place finish in the December 28, $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) at Sunland Park. All told, the gelding has won four starts, and his race record includes a 1 1/4-length victory in the 5-furlong, $167,931 Mountain Top Futurity (R) on June 22, and a three-quarter length score in the 6-furlong, $152,720 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Colts and Geldings Stakes (R) on October 27.
Sent to post as the 2-1 favorite in the Pepsi Cola Stakes’ field of 11, Reaper returned a $6.20 win mutuel. Infinite Bull, a 10-1 longshot, held on to finish second, a half of a length behind the winner, to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $48.
D E Lover, Dandy Don Who, Beaumont Time, D E Slot Man, F M Forty One, Play Dome, Quick Time, Some Devon, and Unsociable Major completed the order of finish.
Infinite Bull was making his first start since December 3, when he ran third, four lengths behind winner D E Slot Man, in a 6-furlong, $44,500 open-condition allowance sprint for state-breds at Zia Park. A homebred chestnut son of the Holy Bull stallion King Bull, the gelding has won one of five outs and has banked $44,377 for owner Tucumcari Thoroughbreds.
D E Lover is a chestnut gelding by the Pioneering stallion So Long Birdie campaigned by E.B. Racing, Mark Allen, and trainer Tony Sedillo. D E Lover has won two races -- both against allowance company -- and he has earned $63,080, and his stakes resume includes a second-place finish to odds-on choice Proceed in the Red Hedeman Mile.