02/16/2013 8:48PM

Sunland: Hennesey Smash collects sixth straight win in Peppers Pride

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Hennesey Smash, under Alfredo Juarez Jr., handles two turns in the Peppers Pride Handicap.

Hennesey Smash won her sixth consecutive race Saturday at Sunland Park, when she wired the field in the $85,000 Peppers Pride Handicap. She won by 1 1/4 lengths over even-money favorite Rose’s Desert, while it was another 1 ¼ lengths back in third to Playtricks.

Hennesey Smash ($8.20) was making her first start at two turns in the Peppers Pride, a one-mile race for fillies and mares bred in New Mexico. She set fractions of 24.03 seconds for the opening quarter, 47.94 for the half-mile, and 1:12.06 for six furlongs. Hennesey Smash proceeded to cover the distance on a track rated fast in 1:37.59.

Alfredo Juarez Jr. rode the winner for trainer Todd Fincher.

Hennesey Smash, who races for her breeder, Barbara Coleman, has now won 7 of 8 starts and $252,006. The Peppers Pride was the fourth stakes win of her career. Her streak began last August, in the $50,000 Chief Narbona at the Downs at Albuquerque.