Saturday, April 14, 2012
A $19,000 buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale, Kiss My Hennessy paid early dividends with a half-length victory in the colts and geldings' division of the Copper Top Futurity (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at Sunland Park on Saturday.
Kiss My Hennessy set fractions of :22.78 and :46.40 while covering his 4 1/2-furlong trip in :52.75. The winner's share of the $120,989 Copper Top purse increased his earnings to $62,644 for owners Scott Bryant and Joe Dee Brooks. Miguel Hernandez rode the dark bay or brown gelding for trainer Todd Fincher.
Kiss My Hennessy was bred by Pillar Property Services Inc., and he became the fifth stakes winner sired by Roll Hennessy Roll, a 12-year-old son of the Storm Cat stallion Hennessy who won two stakes as a 2-year-old in 2002, including the 7-furlong, $125,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (G3) at Hollywood Park.
Roll Hennessy Roll's 65 starters have earned more than $1.5 million and include 2011 Copper Top Futurity winners Roll Bloomers Roll and I Play Dirty. Owned by Fred Alexander and Brad King, Roll Hennessy Roll stands for a $2,500 fee at A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Kiss My Hennessy's dam, the winning 10-year-old Chimes Band mare Dixie Kiss, ran second in three stakes in 2005, including the 6 1/2-furlong, $54,200 El Paso Times Handicap for sophomore fillies at Sunland Park. The gelding's third dam, the Kentucky-bred Graustark mare Steal A Kiss, won the '85 Spinaway Stakes (G1) at Saratoga.
Kiss My Hennessy's victory was his first in two outs. The gelding was coming off of a second-place finish as the 17-10 favorite to Quinton's Fire in his lifetime debut, the second of three Copper Top Futurity trials on March 20.
Kiss My Hennessy was sent to post at 7-1 and returned a $16.20 win mutuel. Runner-up Key To The Venture, a longshot at nearly 13-1, completed a $303.20 ($2) exacta, while Indy's Ransom, a 26-1 longshot, finished third to complete a $1 trifecta return of $1,983.40.
Hush's Storm ran fourth and was followed by He's Actin Single, Slew Up His Sleeve, Indication N M, 7-10 favorite Alarm Bell, and Quinton's Fire. Qualifier Chaka Roll was a trainer scratch.
Key To The Venture earned $24,198 to push his bankroll to $31,858 for his owners, Quinn and Kim Jones. The gelding by the Storm Cat stallion Storm Of Goshen has finished second in all three of his starts, including the third Copper Top trial on March 20.
A homebred gelding by the A.P. Indy stallion Indy Wildcat campaigned by Pierre and Leslie Amestoy of Albuquerque, Indy's Ransom has earned $15,518 from two outs. Indy Wildcat ran third in the second Copper Top trial, a race which marked his career debut.