Saturday, February 16, 2013
Making her first start at the 1-mile distance, Barbara M. Coleman's Hennesey Smash scored a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap (R) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park.
Hennesey Smash set fractions of :24.03, :47.94, and 1:12.06, before she reached the wire in 1:37.59. Alfredo Juarez Jr. rode the homebred 4-year-old daughter of Roll Hennessy Roll for trainer Todd Fincher, who also saddled runner-up Rose's Desert.
Hennesey Smash is one of seven stakes winners from 75 starters sired by Roll Hennessy Roll, a son of Grade 1 winner Hennessy. Now 13, Roll Hennessy Roll won three stakes as a 2-year-old in 2002, including the Grade 3, $125,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes at Hollywood Park, and the $64,885 Ruidoso Futurity on a sloppy track at Ruidoso Downs.
A half brother to three stakes winners, Roll Hennessy Roll has sired the earners of more than $2.7 million, including stakes winners Kiss My Hennessy, Roll Bloomers Roll, Back Seat Roll, and Hennessy Road. The stallion is owned by Fred Alexander and Brad King, and he stands for a $3,500 fee at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Hennesey Smash is also one of eight winners from as many starters produced by Some Smash, an unraced 18-year-old mare by the Rare Performer stallion Rare Brick and a half sister to A Smashing Chance, the winner of the 1992 Old Town Derby at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Some Smash has foaled the earners of more than $2.2 million, including three stakes winners, all of whom are half siblings to Hennesey Smash: Some Ghost, a gelding by Ghostly Moves who won eight stakes in New Mexico from 2005-09; Zzzzs Ghost, a Ghostly Moves filly who won the '06 Chief Narbona Stakes (R) at The Downs at Albuquerque; and Smash Dancer, a gelding by the late Robyn Dancer who won three stakes from 2010-12, including last year's 7 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Land of Enchantment Handicap (R) during the Zia Festival program at Ruidoso Downs.
Hennesey Smash traces back to her third dam Half Smash, a stakes-winning New Mexico-bred mare by the Khaled stallion Binary. Half Smash produced 12 winners from 12 starters, including stakes winners Rad, Last Eight Clubs, and Show Courts.
A winner of six straight races, Hennesey Smash was coming off of a three-quarter length victory against open distaffers in the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Bold Ego Handicap at Sunland Park on December 22. The 4-year-old filly has won seven of her eight starts, including four stakes, and the $51,000 winner's share of the purse increased her earnings to $252,006.
Runner-up Rose's Desert finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of third-place Iplaytricks. Devon's Spirit, Soaring Goddess, Gossip Dome, and Desert Avenue completed the order of finish.
Rose's Desert is a homebred 5-year-old daughter of Desert God who has earned $439,525 for her owner, Joe W. Peacock. The mare has won seven of 11 races, including four stakes, and her race record includes a five-length victory in the 1-mile, $85,000 New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on December 9.
A 5-year-old mare by Desert God racing for Michael C. Stinson of Fort Worth, Texas, Iplaytricks won two stakes last season, including the 1-mile, $170,360 Peppers Pride New Mexico Cup Fillies & Mares Championship (R) at Zia Park. All told, Iplaytricks has won eight of 19 starts, and the $8,500 third-place share of the Peppers Pride Handicap purse pushed her bankroll to $368,040.
The Peppers Pride Handicap is named in honor of Peppers Pride, a homebred daughter of Desert God who from 2005-08 earned $1,066,085 while racing exclusively in New Mexico for owner Joe Allen of Abilene, Texas. When she retired after the '08 season, she had won a then-world record 19 consecutive races, including 14 stakes.
Peppers Pride is one of only three New Mexico-bred racehorses – the others are Rocky Gulch (TB) and 2003 All American Futurity (G1) winner By By JJ (QH) – to retire with earnings of more than $1 million. Upon her retirement, Peppers Pride was bred to Grade 2 winner Distorted Humor. The resulting foal, a chestnut filly, is scheduled to make her 2-year-old debut this season.