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                SUNRAY PARK
  Jack Cole Stakes (R) - Division 2
Photos by Coady Photography
Attila’s Storm
 Forest Wildcat
 Sweet Symmetry
 Miss Demure
  Orlando Munoz’s Bye Bye Matty P, a 4-year- old gelded son of Attila’s Storm, sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in the second division of the April 22, $100,000 Jack Cole Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds at SunRay Park.
Trained by Andres Gonzalez and ridden by Christian Ramos, Bye Bye Matty P set fractions of :23.21 and :46.23 before reaching the wire
in 1:16.87, 2 3/4 lengths in front of runner-up Storm Bayou. The bay gelding earned $60,000 from his third career stakes win.
Bye Bye Matty P was claimed by Munoz for $15,000 at Sunland Park on February 14. The gelding was bred by R.D. Hubbard, and he is one of 208 winners from 279 starters sired by Attila’s Storm, a graded stakes winning Kentucky-bred son of the Storm Cat stallion Forest Wildcat. Raced at seven tracks in five states from 2004-07, including New York, Attila’s Storm earned $534,983 from 18 starts, and his five wins included the 2007 Toboggan Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct.
Attila’s Storm has sired 27 official black-type stakes winners and the earners of more than $18.4 million from 13 crops, including multiple stakes winners Bella Dona, Diabolical Storm, Storm Leader and Waltzing Attila. The stallion died following colic surgery on June 23, 2021.
Bye Bye Matty P is also one of six winners from nine starters produced by Kizka, a winning Kentucky-bred daughter of the Northern
Dancer stallion Danzig. The gelding is a half- brother to Plea Agreement, a Successful Appeal colt who won the 2014 Budweiser Special Stakes at Albuquerque Downs.
Bye Bye Matty P’s second dam, the Shy Groom mare Miss Demure (IRE), won the 1988 Update Lowther Stakes (G2) in England. A 1986 foal, Miss Demure foaled nine winners from 15 starters, including Royal Shyness (GB), a half-sister to Kizka who won the 1999 Great Lady M. Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Bye Bye Matty P traces back to his fourth dam, Lowna (GB), a stakes-winning daughter of the Nasrullah stallion Princely Gift (GB). Lowna produced two stakes winners, including European Group 3 winner Gospill Hill (GB).
Bye Bye Matty P was stretching out in distance off of his fourth-place run, 2 3/4 lengths behind winner Evacuee, in the March 12, 5 1/2-furlong Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R) at Sunland Park. The gelding has won five of his 13 outs and has banked $228,920, of which $65,000 has been earned from two races since the claim. His two wins in as many starts at Sunland Park include a 2 1/4-length victory in his career debut, the 2021 C.O. “Ken” Kendrick Memorial Stakes (R) for 2-year-olds.
Evacuee finished third, 5 3/4 lengths behind Bye Bye Matty P, and was followed by Probate, McMercelus, Lonzo Who, Izeright, Shining Source and Desert Reward.
A 7-year-old Attila’s Storm gelding, Storm Bayou earned the $20,000 runner-up share of the purse for his owner, Kent V. Kunz. Storm Bayou has won seven of 30 races and has banked $182,087, and his stakes resume includes a second-place finish, one length behind winner Jet N G, in the 2021 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship (R) at Zia Park.
Evacuee is a 6-year-old son of the Pulpit stallion Abstraction and the stakes-placed Early Flyer mare Thibodaux racing for B4 Farms LLC. The dark bay or brown gelding has
won four of 26 outs, including the 2019 New Mexico State Fair Futurity (R) at Albuquerque Downs and the March 12 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R), and the $10,000 third-place share of the Jack Cole Stakes purse bumped his bankroll to $339,154.
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