Saturday, December 29, 2012
Making his first start in two months, Storms Surprise rallied to win the $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile Stakes (R) for 2-year-old New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park on Saturday.
Storms Surprise covered his 1-mile trip in 1:38.54 after closing on the fractions of :23.84, :46.84, and 1:11.51 set by odds-on favorite Attila's Hurricane. Isaias Cardenas rode the homebred bay gelding by Attila's Storm for owner Margaret V. Bloss and trainer J. Owen Bringhurst.
Storms Surprise was bred by Bloss and the late Margaret duPont. The gelding is one of five stakes winners sired by Attila's Storm, a 10-year-old son of the Storm Cat stallion Forest Wildcat who won the 2007 Toboggan Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct and ran second to Proud Tower Too in the '05 Malibu Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita.
To date, Attila's Storm has sired the earners of more than $1.1 million from 33 starters, including stakes winners Thermal, Dashkova, Indication N M, and Attila's Parting. The stallion is owned by James E. Helzer and R.D. Hubbard, and he will stand the 2013 season at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Storms Surprise's dam, the winning 13-year-old Bertrando mare Surprisingly, ran third in the 2002 California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Marian Stakes (R) for state-bred sophomore fillies at Fairplex Park.
Storms Surprise has won three of six races, and the $51,000 winner's share of the Red Hedeman Mile purse pushed his bankroll to $111,251. His race record includes a four-length victory at odds of 21-1 in the 6-furlong, $81,050 George Maloof Futurity (R) during the New Mexico State Fair portion of The Downs at Albuquerque meet on September 23, and a third-place run in the 4 1/2-furlong, $75,000 Totah Futurity (R) at SunRay Park on June 19.
Sent to post at odds of 19-1, Storms Surprise paid $40.80 to win. Attila's Hurricane, the 4-5 choice in the 10-horse field, held on to finish second, 4 ½ lengths behind the winner, to complete a $2 exacta return of $115.80.
Indication N M, Jenson's Miracle, Rojocango, Thermal, Devon's Iron Giant, Vince Carter, Key To The Venture, and Rio El Diablo completed the order of finish.
Attila's Hurricane was coming off of a wire-to-wire, 7 3/4-length victory in a 5 1/2-furlong entry-level allowance sprint at Zia Park on November 27. The gelding has won two of his three outs for his owner, Gary L. Thompson, who also bred the chestnut son of Attila's Storm, and the $17,850 runner-up share of the Red Hedeman Mile purse increased his earnings to $56,310.
A $16,000 buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, Indication N M has banked $139,945 for owners Robert L. Haynsworth and J & SM Inc. The chestnut gelding by Attila's Storm has won four of nine races, including the 6-furlong, $55,090 Governor's Cup Stakes at Zia Park on October 13, and his stakes resume includes second-place finishes in the 6-furlong, $140,000 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Colts & Geldings Stakes (R) at Zia Park on October 28, and the 1-mile, $125,480 New Mexico Eddy County Stakes (R) at Zia on December 2.