Sunday, December 23, 2012
Hennesey Smash, the lone New Mexico-bred in the eight-horse field, scored a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's $50,000 Bold Ego Handicap for fillies and mares at Sunland Park.
Under jockey Casey Lambert, Hennesey Smash covered 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.93 while earning his first-ever win against open company. Todd Fincher saddled the homebred 3-year-old filly for owner Barbara M. Coleman of Farmington, New Mexico.
Hennesey Smash is one of seven stakes winners from 74 starters sired by Roll Hennessy Roll, a graded stakes winning son of the Storm Cat stallion Hennessy. Campaigned in New Mexico, California, Kentucky, Florida, and Illinois from 2002-04, Roll Hennessy Roll won four of 12 races – including the 2002 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (G3) at Hollywood Park – and earned $173,869.
Roll Hennessy Roll has sired the earners of more than $2.5 million, including stakes winners Bewild Hennessy, Kiss My Hennessy, Roll Bloomers Roll, Back Seat Roll, I Play Dirty, and Hennessy Road. The 12-year-old stallion is owned by Fred Alexander and Brad King, and he will stand the 2013 season for a $3,500 fee at Fred and Linda Alexander's A & A Ranch in Anthony, New Mexico.
Hennesey Smash's dam, Some Smash, is an unraced 18-year-old mare by the Rare Performer stallion Rare Brick. The filly's second dam, the Kentucky-bred Star de Naskra mare A Smash, won the That's Julie Handicap at Sunland Park and the Willard C. Kruger Handicap at The Downs at Albuquerque in 1985.
Hennesey Smash traces back to her third dam, Half Smash. A New Mexico-bred daughter of the Khaled stallion Binary, Half Smash won eight of 22 races in the early 1970s, including the 1973 Rio Grande Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, and the El Dorado Stakes at Sunland Park the following year.
Racing exclusively in New Mexico, Hennesey Smash has earned $201,006 from seven starts, and her six wins include a 2 1/4-length victory in the 6-furlong, $140,600 New Mexico Cup Fillies Stakes (R) at Zia Park on October 28, and a 2 1/4-length win in the 6-furlong, $50,000 Chief Narbona Stakes (R) during the Lineage Day program at The Downs at Albuquerque on August 26.
Hennesey Smash was sent to post as the 3-1 second choice in the wagering and returned an $8 win mutuel. Pyrite On My Mind, a 25-1 longshot, ran second to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $130.60.
Alydarla, the 11-10 favorite, finished third and was followed by U Turn Me Crazy, Came West, African Rose, Rose's Turn, and Not Kidding Around.
Pyrite On My Mind is a dark bay or brown 5-year-old mare by the Seattle Slew stallion Seattle Fitz (ARG) racing for Gary Butcher. A $2,000 buy at the 2008 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company Open Sale of Yearlings in Florida, Pyrite On My Mind has won five of 27 outs, including a 5 1/2-furlong, $33,000 allowance sprint during the 2011-12 Sunland Park meet, and she has banked $174,115.
Alydarla is a homebred 3-year-old filly by Henny Hughes owned by Dapple Stable. A graded stakes placed filly who ran third, 9 ¼ lengths behind winner Agave Kiss, in the March 10, 6-furlong Cicada Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York, Alydarla has earned $150,400 from 13 races, and her three victories include a neck score in a 5-furlong, $54,000 allowance race at Churchill Downs on November 9.
The Bold Ego Handicap honors the memory of Bold Ego, a New Mexico-bred colt by the Bold Ruler stallion Bold Tactics who won the 1981 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park and competed in all three of that season's Triple Crown races.