12/21/2011 3:03PM

Sunland: Twelve Twenty Two should appreciate home setting

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Twelve Twenty Two, with Julien Leparoux riding, wins the Harry Henson at Sunland in March, her fourth straight victory at that meet.

Twelve Twenty Two has lost just one race this year, when she traveled from New Mexico to Kentucky for the Grade 1 Humana Distaff in her last start May 7. Friday, she returns to action and won’t have far to go to run in the $50,000 Bold Ego Handicap at Sunland Park.

“She’s walking out of her own stall,” said Henry Dominguez, who trains Twelve Twenty Two. “She’s at home. That will be great for her.”

Twelve Twenty Two won four straight races at Sunland last meet, topped by a five-length romp in the $100,000 Harry Henson on the Sunland Derby undercard March 27. She earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 99 for her score over next-out winners American Story and Hayley’s Halo, and the dominant effort earned her a chance at Grade 1 competition in the Humana Distaff. She tracked a hot pace and regressed in the Churchill Downs race, finishing an uncharacteristic seventh, beaten more than 20 lengths.

“I don’t think that she should have run that poorly,” Dominguez said. “I hate to make excuses, but I will for her. We shipped her from El Paso to California, worked her there, and then flew her to Louisville in the matter of eight or nine days. It took its toll on her.

“She had to be at her best to compete with those horses. We took the wrong approach. The public liked her that day. She went off at 6-1, so I think we did the right thing. We just took the wrong approach.”

The shipping options to get Twelve Twenty Two to Churchill for the Distaff were extremely limited, with no flights available from New Mexico or the surrounding area. Dominguez has since given her ample time to recover from the travels, and on Friday she will attempt to improve her Sunland record to 5 for 5. Twelve Twenty Two is the 123-pound highweight for the Bold Ego, a 5 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares that drew a field of six, including Sunland stakes winner Golden Springs.

Twelve Twenty Two will break from post 6, under jockey Enrique Gomez.

“Going five and a half, she probably won’t be on the lead,” Dominguez said. “I think she’ll just end up stalking them.

“She’s been a real good mare for us. She’s done well for us.”

Twelve Twenty Two, a 6-year-old daughter of Kafwain who races for the partnership of J. Kirk Robison and Solitaire Stable, has won 5 of 11 career starts and more than $168,000.