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Rudy Rodriguez is from Mexico and had a brief stint with quarter horses there before arriving in the States in the 1980's. He has two brothers who were involved in horse racing and they both encouraged him to go to the track and learn the trade. He started from the ground up eventually becoming an exercise rider before becoming a jockey. His biggest win as a rider came in the G-1 Suburban aboard Frost Giant. He started training on his own in 2012 after serving as an assistant for Rick Dutrow Sr. and Jr. as well as Bobby Frankel. He won the Belmont Fall Training Title in his first year and finished third in New York overall races won that same year.
Michael Dubb is the founder and chairman of Beechwood Organization, and member of the NYRA Board of Directors. He is active in racing partnerships and campaigned 2005 Kentucky Oaks contender Sis City with then NY Yankees manager Joe Torre.
My Happy Face got sire Tiz Wonderful’s first crop off to a flying start last year. The gray lass was never worse than second in four starts, and captured the Grade 3 Tempted while just missing by a head in the Grade 1 Frizette, both while going a mile.
Tiz Wonderful was actually unbeaten in three starts during his juvenile season, taking the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club and Grade 3 Iroquois under the Twin Spires.
While preparing for his sophomore debut, the bay suffered a tendon injury that knocked him off the Kentucky Derby Trail, and he didn’t return to competition until running a subpar sixth in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy during the summer of 2007.
Tiz Wonderful, who was born the same year as dual Horse of the Year Curlin, was second in his final start, a stakes at Belmont Park in September, and retired to stud the next year.
My Happy Face’s pedigree doesn’t stop with her sire, as her dam is the Siberian Summer mare Summer Star.
That stakes-winning mare’s dam is a half-sister to Grade 2 diva Starry Ice, who would go on in the breeding shed to produce Grade 1 victor Forest Danger.
This female line is also responsible for Grade 2-winning multi-millionaire Say Florida Sandy.
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