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Q-Racing JournalMarch 27, 2014
Joan Dale Hubbard’s homebred Storm Chasor has won each of his two starts at 870 yards by a total of 12 1/2 lengths as the odds-on favorite in each race and will face high expectations in the $50,000 Red Cell Sunland Park Distance Challenge (G3) on Sunday afternoon at Sunland Park.
Despite his most impressive performances in his latest two starts, Storm Chasor (Attila’s Storm (TB)-Stardust Dash by Dash For Cash) boasts a lot of promise as the half-brother to a pair of the dominant 870-yard horses of the past decade: 2005 champion distance horse Prankster CF and Tricky Dust, winner of 12 stakes and an earner of $428,581.
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Storm Chasor has his first 870-yard stakes opportunity in the Red Cell Sunland Park Distance Challenge and should be the solid favorite. Trained by Paul Jones, who also trained Prankster CF and Tricky Dust, Storm Chasor made his 870-yard debut on January 26 in an optional-claiming race and destroyed his rivals by 6 1/2 lengths. He then started in the second of two trials to the Red Cell Sunland Park Distance Challenge with similar results. He drew out to a 6-length win. His time of :45.002 was the fastest-qualifying mark.
The 4-year-old gelding showed potential against New Mexico-bred competition last year when he raced to third-place finishes in the New Mexico Classic Derby (RG2) at Zia Park and the Zia Derby (RG3) at Ruidoso Downs.
Mexas Racing Team’s Whiteface Eagle (One Famous Eagle-Sing And Pray by Truley First Class) won the other trial while making her 870-yard debut. The 4-year-old mare dueled for the lead and then prevailed by a half length over third-fastest qualifier Fire On The Fly (Jet Cartel-Shades Of Pink (TB) by Fight Over). Whiteface Eagle was timed in :45.085, while Fire On The Fly stopped the timer in :45.158.
Whiteface Eagle was second in the 2012 Hobbs America Futurity (G2) and third in the 2013 West Texas Derby (G3).
Bullard Farms’ homebred Fire On The Fly won three-straight 870-yard races before his second in his Red Cell Sunland Park Distance Challenge trial. His three-consecutive wins were by more than 4 lengths each. They came in a pair of allowance races and then a $25,000 optional-claiming race, his Sunland Park debut for trainer Wes Giles.
The winner receives an invitation to the $100,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) on October 18 during the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows.
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