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                SUNLAND PARK
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NM State Racing Commission H. (R)
Attila’s Storm
 Forest Wildcat
 Sweet Symmetry
Grand Slam
  Affairs Of State
Brian Mundell’s Bikini Time opened her 5-year-old season with a come-from-behind, 1 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) for state- bred distaffers at Sunland Park on New Year’s Day.
A homebred daughter of Attila’s Storm ridden by Enrique Gomez, Bikini Time rallied off of the fractions of :21.98 and :44.97 set by Quatro and reached the wire in 1:03.60 for 5 1/2 furlongs. Bart Hone prepped the bay mare.
Bikini Time was coming off a Zia Park fall campaign during which she earned $16,950 from three races and ran second in a 5 1/2-furlong, $44,000 first-level allowance optional claiming ($20,000) race for state-bred fillies and mares at Zia Park on December 1. The mare’s sire, the late Attila’s Storm, was a Kentucky-bred son of the Storm Cat stallion Forest Wildcat. A 2002 foal, Attila’s Storm banked $534,983 from 17 starts from 2004-07, and his five wins included the 2005 Fall Highweight Handicap and 2007 Toboggan Handicap (G3), both at Aqueduct Racetrack.
From 13 crops, Attila’s Storm has sired the earners of more than $17.8 million, and his 27 official black-type stakes winners include multiple stakes winner Waltzing Attila. The stallion died following colic surgery on June 23, 2021.
Bikini Time is also one of three
winners from as many starters produced by Unconstitutional, an unraced Kentucky-bred daughter of the Gone West stallion Grand Slam.
The mare is a full sister to 2020 Peppers Pride New Mexico Cup Distaff Championship (R) winner Sexy Bikini Model and three-time stakes winner My Bikini Fell Off.
Bikini Time’s second dam, the winning Deputy Minister mare Affairs Of State, ran second in the 2002 Railbird Stakes (G3) at Hollywood Park. A 1999 Kentucky-bred mare, Affairs of State foaled Andersonstate, a half- brother to Unconstitutional and runner-up in the 2010 Seacliff Stakes at Calder Racecourse near Miami, Florida.
Bikini Time’s third dam, Sexy Slew, was a stakes-winning and multiple Grade 3-placed daughter of the Seattle Slew stallion Slew O’
Gold. Bikini Time traces back to her fourth dam, Solariat, an unraced daughter of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat who produced European stakes winners Alex Nureyev and Angelina Ballerina, both half-siblings to Sexy Slew.
Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, Bikini Time has won three of eight outs, and the $60,000 winner’s share of the purse from her first stakes victory pushed her bankroll to $156,630.
Quatro finished second and was followed by Proofsinthepuddin, Tight Fittin Jeans, Marking Time, Desertrose Oftexas, Shugs Charlie, Tutta Terlingua, Atill I Chime, For Markeese and Sheza Dandy R F.
Quatro earned $20,000 to bring her bankroll to $112,852 for her owners, Robert M. Driggers
and Ben Lee Ivey. A homebred 5-year-old daughter of the Mr. Greeley stallion Mr. Gold Mover and
a half-sister to the multiple stakes placed Devon Lane mare Tijuana, Quatro has won four of 18 races, and her 2022 season record included a third-place run, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Shugs Charlie, in the October 30, 6-furlong New Mexico Cup Distaff Sprint Championship (R) at Zia Park.
Proofsinthepuddin is a 5-year-old daughter
of the Bernardini stallion Marking racing for Reliance Ranches LLC of Guthrie, Oklahoma.
A half-sister to 2017 Copper Top Futurity (R) runner-up Raider Red, the chestnut mare has won three of 17 starts and has earned $168,884, and she’s run second in four stakes, including last year’s 6 1/2-furlong, $100,000 Carlos Salazar Stakes (R) at Albuquerque Downs.
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