Sunday, December 11, 2011
Carlos Madeira rode Desert Hennessy to a one-length win in the $110,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (R) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park on Sunday.
Prepped by Joel Marr for owner Cleber J. Massey, Desert Hennessy covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.63 and returned a $35.80 win mutuel as a 16-1 longshot. The chestnut 3-year-old gelding was just six weeks removed from a 1 1/2-length victory in the 6-furlong, $152,720 New Mexico Cup Colts & Geldings Championship (R) at Zia Park.
Desert Hennessy was bred in T.J. and Sharon Monsen. The gelding's sire, Desert God, has sired 21 stakes winners and the earners of more than $8.5 million from 137 starters, and he was the top New Mexico-based sire in 2010. Now 20, he 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.
A full brother to five-time New Mexico-bred stakes winner Train Rider Blues, Desert Hennessy is one of two winners from three starters produced by Cara Marisa, a winning 13-year-old daughter of the Storm Cat stallion Hennessy.
Desert Hennessy was unraced at 2. The gelding has won five of seven races, and the $66,000 winner's share of the Johnie L. Jamison Handicap purse boosted his earnings to $212,100. He began his career with three wins in his first four outs, with his only setback during this period being a seventh-place finish in the 5 1/2-furlong, $50,000 Road Runner Handicap (R) at Ruidoso Downs on July 31.
Pure D Gold, a 32-1 longshot, finished second to complete a $399.90 ($1) exacta. Cross Chris Run ran third and was followed by Chuchuluco, 17-10 favorite Lesters Secret, Smash Dancer, Nuggets Please, Our Choice, Spring To Teras, Double Smart, Fourteen Kt. Gold, and Lester's Echo.
Pure D Gold is a 4-year-old gelding by the Carson City stallion Quinton's Gold racing for Mary M. Barber of Albuquerque. Pure D Gold has won four of 13 starts and has banked $79,820, and his race record includes a fourth-place finish in the 4 1/2-furlong, $100,000 Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap (R) at Sunland Park on March 19.
Chuchuluco was coming off of a neck victory in the 6-furlong, $180,480 New Mexico Cup Sprint Championship (R) at Zia Park on October 30. The $58,000 sale-topper at the 2008 New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs, the 4-year-old gelding has won seven of 18 outs – including four stakes – and has earned $460,184 for his owners, the West Texas Racing Partners.