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                SUNLAND PARK
  Albert & Henry Dominguez Mem. H. (R)
Photos by Coady Photography
Attila’s Storm
 Forest Wildcat
 Sweet Symmetry
 Road To Reason
  Cheese Tray, a homebred 5-year-old son
of the late Attila’s Storm, led at every call in route to a half-length victory in the February 28, 1 1/16-mile Albert & Henry Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.
Trained by Todd Fincher for owners J. Kirk and Judy Robison of El Paso, Texas, Cheese Tray set fractions of :23.51, :47.00 and 1:11.93 before reaching the wire in 1:43.95. Luis Fuentes rode the bay gelding.
Cheese Tray was coming off a nose victory in the January 29, 6 1/2-furlong Jamison Memorial Handicap (R). The gelding is one of 27 official black-type stakes winners sired by Attila’s Storm, a graded stakes winning son of Forest Wildcat. Raced in five states from 2004-07, including New York and California, Attila’s Storm won five of 18 starts and earned $534,983, and his two stakes wins included the 2007 Toboggan Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct.
From 13 crops, Attila’s Storm has sired 207 winners from 276 starters and the earners of more than $18.1 million, including multiple stakes winners Bella Dona, Waltzing Attila, Thermal and Renewed Vows. The stallion died following colic surgery in June 2021.
Cheese Tray is also one of five winners from six starters foaled by Road To Reason, a winning California-bred daughter of Redattore (BRZ), and he is a half-brother to Road To Heat, a son
of Southwest Heat who ran third in the 2019 Rio Grande Senor Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs. Cheese Tray’s second dam, Loveontheroad,
was a daughter of the Rainbow Quest stallion Jahafil (GB) and winner of the $81,150 Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita Park in 1998. A 1995 foal, Loveontheroad produced four winners from as many starters.
Cheese Tray traces back to his fifth dam, Easter Junction, a stakes-winning Florida-bred daughter of the Nearco (ITY) stallion Amerigo. Easter Junction produced Five Up Player, a Fleet Mel colt who won the 1977 San Francisco Handicap at Bay Meadows.
Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, Cheese Tray has won eight of 23 starts -- including four of six at Sunland Park -- and the $60,000 winner’s share of the purse from his third career stakes victory pushing his earnings
to $403,866. The gelding’s 4-year-old season record included a three-quarter length victory
in the March 27, $120,000 New Mexico State University Handicap (R) at Sunland Park, and second place runs in the 7 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Land of Enchantment Stakes (R) at Ruidoso Downs, and the 1-mile, $125,000 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship (R) at Zia Park.
Jet N G finished second and was followed
by Thunder Dome, McMercelus, Strawberry Whisky, Bodie Got Gold, The Last Feat, I Think I’m Here, Elliot, All Chrome and Comet Causey.
Jet N G is a homebred 8-year-old son of
the Old Trieste stallion Mr. Trieste owned by Maurcenia Cross. A full brother to 2011 Dine’ Stakes (R) runner-up Numberoneson, the dark bay or brown gelding has won eight of 49 races, and the $20,000 runner-up share of the Jamison Memorial Handicap purse increased his bankroll to $448,583.
Thunder Dome earned the $10,000 third- place share of the purse for his owners, Mike
H. Carson and Bill Carson. A 9-year-old son of the Storm Cat stallion Dome and half-brother
to 2010 Sierra Starlet Handicap (R) winner If
I Had A Bull, the chestnut gelding has won 14
of 55 starts and has banked $869,662, and his eight career stakes victories include the 2018, 2020 and 2022 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship (R) at Zia Park.
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