12/27/2014 6:48PM

Liberty Lover wins fourth straight in Red Hedeman Mile

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Liberty Lover (8), under Ry Eikleberry, outfights Lux by a neck in the Red Hedeman Mile for 2-year-old New Mexico-breds.

Liberty Lover outfought Lux during a stretch-long duel to extend his winning streak to four races by capturing the $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile for 2-year-old New Mexico-breds Saturday at Sunland Park.

Lux, the 5-1 fourth choice in a field of eight, was within a head of Liberty Lover after six furlongs in 1:12.48 and stayed that close to the favorite throughout the final quarter-mile with Liberty Lover ($3.80) prevailing by a neck under Ry Eikleberry in 1:40.28. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Desert Gambler.

Liberty Lover, trained by Johnny Nall, has won four consecutive starts since September, including three restricted stakes.