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Happy Hennessy Headlines 4 Rivers John Deere Stakes
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Happy Hennessy, a homebred Roll Hennessy Roll gelding owned and trained by Fred Danley, is one of 10 New Mexico-bred newly turned 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 6-furlong, $85,000 4 Rivers/John Deere Stakes (R) at Sunland Park.

Happy Hennessy will be shortening in distance off of his seven-length victory in the 1-mile and 70-yard Eddy County Stakes (R) at Zia Park on November 23. The gelding earned $148,770 from nine outs last season.

Happy Hennessy drew post 9 and will be ridden by Enrique Gomez. His nine opponents include Orville L. Blades’ Waitingonasunnyday and R.D. Hubbard’s Go For A Stroll, a pair of promising geldings who will be facing winners for the first time.

A gelded son of Weather Warning and the stakes-placed In Excess (IRE) mare Streakin Excess, Waitingonasunnyday made his debut with a 4 3/4-length victory in a 5 1/2-furlong, $22,000 maiden-special-weight dash for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park on December 18. The gelding drew post 10 and will be ridden by Ruby Gonzalez for trainer O.D. Jamison Sr.

Go For A Stroll drew post 5 and will be ridden by Tracy Hebert for trainer Todd Fincher. A homebred son of Attila’s Storm and a full brother to 2016 Lincoln Handicap (R) winner Stormy Day, the gelding made his debut with a half-length score in a 5 1/2-furlong, $26,000 state-bred maiden-special-weight sprint at Zia Park on November 7.

Dom Strait, a stakes-placed maiden racing for Tom and Sandy McKenna’s Judge Lanier Racing and trained by Miguel Hernandez, drew post 2 and will be seeking his first career victory on Sunday. The homebred Dominique’s Cat gelding is coming off of a second-place finish to Happy Hennessy in the Eddy County Stakes.

Miguel Perez will ride Dom Strait on Sunday.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Tiz Valiant (Alfredo Sigala), 10-1
Dom Strait (Miguel A. Perez), 12-1
Go For A Stroll (Tracy Hebert), 5-1
Move Bingham (Ken Tohill), 6-1
Reining Pesos (Elvin Gonzalez), 8-1
Lauras Indianmusic (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), 6-1
He’s Another Who (Justin Shepherd), 12-1
El Tule (Jose L. Torres), 10-1
Happy Hennessy (Enrique Gomez), 4-1
Waitingonasunnyday (Ruby Gonzalez), 10-1

In The News

Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.
Monday, October 23, 2017
The New Mexico Racing Commission held its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, October 12.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Horsemen are reminded that nominations close on November 1 for five 2018 stakes at The Downs at Albuquerque.

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