R.D. Hubbard’s homebred Thermal overcame a tardy start to gamely rally for an impressive win in the $134,957 Mountain Top New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon.
The Duane Lee Sterling-ridden Thermal, a gelded son of second-crop sire Attila’s Storm, was a step slow out of the gate and followed the field down the backstretch of the five-furlong stakes. He raced wide around the turn while passing horses and then Sterling pointed him at a hole along the rail in the final furlong. He willingly responded with a charge inside the two pacesetters and
pulled out to the one-and-three-quarter-length win.
Thermal, a 15-1 outsider, was timed in 1:00.08 for his second win from three starts.
Favored Roll D’ Nile and Kiss My Hennessy engaged in a speed duel until the stretch and Kiss My Hennessy held on gamely for second, one-half length ahead of Indication N M. Roll D’ Nile settled for fourth.
Trained by Todd Fincher, Thermal began his career at Sunland Park with a neck win in a maiden race as the 22-10 favorite. He then was forced to rally in his Mountain Top Futurity trial and to grab third as the 6-5 favorite. The top-three finishers in each trial were guaranteed a spot in the Mountain Top Futurity.
The $200,000 (est.) Rio Grande Senor Futurity trials on July 14 should be the next start for Thermal.
In the $20,000 Tricky Dust Stakes at 870 yards, none of the six quarter horses in the race could handle the lone thoroughbred, Rogelio Carrasco’s Tactful, through the stretch and he pulled away to a six-and-one-quarter length win.
With Cody Wainscott aboard, Tactful was timed :45.801 for his third-straight dominating win. Two starts ago, he won over 870 yards by eight lengths for a $6,250 claiming price. He came back to face thoroughbreds at four-and-one-half furlongs and win by six lengths for a $10,000 claiming tag for trainer Martin Orona Jr.
Tactful, a California-bred son of Bertrando, pushed his earnings to the $200,000 level with his ninth win from 39 starts.
All of the action was behind Tactful in the stretch. Valentino de Lao was originally the second-place finisher, however was disqualified and placed fifth for bearing out and impeding Executive Winner.
The disqualification resulted in All About Larry moving up from third to second and Lalumbredelospateres awarded third.
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