Saturday, June 23, 2012
Rallying on the rail under jockey Duane Sterling, Thermal won the $134,957 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday.
Thermal covered his 5-furlong trip in 1:00.08 after closing on the fractions of :22.41 and :46.30 set by pacesetters Kiss My Hennessy and Roll D'Nile. Todd Fincher saddled the homebred dark bay or brown Attila's Storm gelding for owner R.D. Hubbard.
Thermal became the third stakes winner sired by Attila's Storm, a stallion by Forest Wildcat who won the 2007 Toboggan Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack and ran second in two Grade 2 stakes, including Diabolical's '07 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G2) at Saratoga.
Now 10, Attila's Storm has sired the earners of more than $596,000 from 26 starters, including Attila's Parting, a gelding who won the 4 1/2-furlong, $75,000 Totah Stakes (R) at SunRay Park on June 19. The stallion is owned by Hubbard and James E. Helzer and stands for a $1,500 fee at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Thermal's dam, Hang Glide, is a 9-year-old daughter of the Storm Cat stallion Dome. Racing exclusively in New Mexico from 2005-08, Hang Glide won five of 22 outs and banked $210,573, and her race record included a second-place finish to Peppers Pride in the 2007 New Mexico Cup Fillies & Mares Championship (R) at Zia Park, and second-place finishes in four other stakes.
Thermal traces back to her third dam, Shywing. A California-bred mare by Boldnesian stallion Wing Out, Shywing won five stakes from 1985-86, and she ran second in the '86 La Canada Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita.
The $58,177 winner's share of the Mountain Top Futurity purse pushed Thermal's earnings to $63,927 from three starts, and his two victories include a neck score in his career debut, a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight dash for state-breds at Ruidoso Downs on May 27. The gelding ran third, 1 ½ lengths behind Lakehouse Fun, in the second of three Mountain Top trials on June 8.
A 14-1 longshot, Thermal returned a $31.80 win mutuel. Kiss My Hennessy, the 3-1 third choice, finished second, 1 ¾ lengths behind the winner, to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $225.60. Indication N M, the 2-1 second choice, completed a $567.60 ($2) trifecta.
Roll D'Nile, the 7-5 favorite, ran fourth and was followed by Dandy Guy, Pie Town N M, and Marthas Princess. Qualifiers Back Seat Roll, Lakehouse Fun, and Your Lucky Time were listed as trainer scratches by the Equibase charts.
Kiss My Hennessy won the colts and geldings division of the April 14, $120,989 Copper Top Futurity (R) at Sunland Park for his owners, Scott Bryant and Joe Dee Brooks, who acquired the dark bay or brown Roll Hennessy Roll gelding for $19,000 at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Kiss My Hennessy has banked $89,200 from four races.
Indication N M is a chestnut gelding by Attila's Storm who was coming off of a two-length victory as the 6-5 choice in his Mountain Top trial. A $16,000 purchase at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, Indication N M won won three of five races and has earned $40,145 for his owners, Robert F. Haynsworth and J & SM Inc.