12/22/2012 7:03PM

Sunland: Hennesey Smash collects fifth straight win in Bold Ego Handicap

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Smashing Hennesey, under Casey Lambert, beats open company for the first time in the Bold Ego Handicap.

Hennesey Smash proved to be just as good facing open company as she has been against New Mexico-breds.

Facing open company for the first time in Saturday’s $50,000 Bold Ego Handicap at Sunland Park, the 3-year-old filly Hennesey Smash churned out her fifth straight victory for trainer Todd Fincher, owner Barbara Coleman, and jockey Casey Lambert.

Hennesey Smash ($8) made a move to challenge the pacesetter, even-money favorite Alydarla after the leader ran the opening half-mile in 44.76 seconds. Hennesey Smash opened a clear lead in the stretch and held off a late rally by 25-1 outsider Pyrite On My Mind to win by three-quarters of a length. She covered 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.93.

Alydarla, a Steve Asmussen-trained 3-year-old, was favored on the basis of her most recent win against second-level allowance company at Churchill Downs. She ended up a well-beaten third, 3 1/2 lengths behind the runner-up.

Hennesey Smash, a daughter of Roll Hennesey Roll, is now 6 for 7 lifetime, including three stakes wins.