Sunday, January 01, 2012
Desert Hennessy, a newly turned 4-year-old Desert God gelding racing for Cleber J. Massey, scored his third consecutive victory in Sunday's $110,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.
Saddled by Joel Marr, who trained three of the top four finishers, Desert Hennessy went 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.78 under jockey Joe Martinez. The gelding's winning margin was three-quarters of a length from 2-1 favorite Cross Chris Run.
Desert Hennessy was bred by T.J. and Sharon Monsen, and he is one of 21 stakes winners from 137 starters sired by Desert God, an unraced 21-year-old son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Fappiano. The top-ranked New Mexico-based Thoroughbred sire in 2010, Desert God has sired the earners of more than $8.7 million.
Desert God is owned by H. Joseph Allen of Abilene, Texas, and he stands at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch at Anthony, New Mexico.
Desert Hennessy is also one of two winners from three starters produced by Cara Marisa, a winning 14-year-old daughter of the Storm Cat stallion Hennessy. The gelding's full brother, Train Rider Blues, is a 5-year-old New Mexico-bred stallion who has won five stakes and has banked $423,303 from 28 races.
The $66,000 winner's share of the Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap purse boosted Desert Hennessy's earnings to $278,100, of which $212,100 was banked in 2011. He has won six of his eight outs, and his winning streak included victories in the 6 1/2-furlong, $110,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on December 11, and the 6-furlong, $152,720 New Mexico Cup Colts & Geldings Stakes (R) for sophomores at Zia Park on October 30.
Sent to post as the 5-2 second choice, Desert Hennessy paired with stablemate Cross Chris Run for a $1 exacta return of $10.30. Brother John D., a 35-1 longshot, ran third, 2 ¾ lengths behind the winner, to complete a $118.60 ($1) trifecta.
Attitude E Racer, the third starter in the race from the Marr stable, finished fourth and was followed by Double Smart, Rosa's Catena, Jannas Pride, Running Squall, Spinning Touch, Runnin Red, Brother Louie, and Enchanted Outlaw.
Cross Chris Run was coming off of a third-place finish in the Johnie L. Jamison Handicap. A 5-year-old gelding by Desert God campaigned by Cleber J. Massey, Cross Chris Run has won four of 12 races – including the one-mile, $192,720 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Cup Championship (R) at Zia Park on October 30 – and the $22,000 runner-up share of the Dominguez Memorial purse pushed his earnings to $207,004.
Brother John D. is a 6-year-old chestnut son of the Mia's Boy stallion Sable's Boy racing for Peggy B. Rust. The gelding has banked $129,728 from 28 starts, and his three victories include the 1 1/16-mile, $50,000 Lineage Stakes (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque on August 21.