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Classy Sure Shot B In Bienvenido De Nuevo Stakes

December 5, 2013

Charles Forbes and Tommy Hays’ classy Sure Shot B, winner in 2011 of the $1,158,941 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1), makes his Hialeah Park debut against older horses going 350 yards in the $25,000 Bienvenido De Nuevo Stakes on Sunday afternoon.

A 4-year-old gelding, Sure Shot B (Stoli-Shes A Miracle by Dean Miracle) makes his first start for trainer Judd Kearl after being trained by Bobby Martinez this fall. For Martinez, Sure Shot B finished fourth in a division of the $50,0000 Evangeline Downs Derby and then was a close third in the $25,000 B.F. Phillips Jr. Handicap (RG3) for Texas-breds in his most recent start, when he held the lead before being beaten by a head over 400 yards.

An earner of $543,484 with six wins from 13 starts, Sure Shot B was a dangerous Grade 1-level juvenile when he scored a 9-1 upset in the Texas Classic Futurity and was a troubled sixth in the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1).

Dewey Kendrick III’s First Prize Doc (PYC Paint Your Wagon-First Prize Dash by Dash For Cash) excels at shorter distance and comes off a neck win in the $50,000 Gentilly Dash stakes over 250 yards on August 24 at Fair Grounds and a third as the 3-1 favorite in the $25,000 Evangeline Downs Dash over 220 yards for trainer Frank Elizondo. The last time the 4-year-old son of the 2006 broodmare of the year raced at 350 yards was three starts ago, when he was second by a nose in a Delta Downs optional-claiming race with a quick :17.181 time.

Brett Mennen’s The Lizzard King (Valiant Hero-Jess A Lil Bit by Feature Mr Jess) is in sharp form with three wins, a close second and a close third in his latest five starts at the minor stakes level. The 4-year-old gelding won a division of the Evangeline Downs Derby over Sure Shot B and took the $25,000 Develop A Plan Stakes (G3) and the $50,000 Miss Polly Stakes in successive starts. The Frank Elizondo-trained comes off a third-place run in the Gentilly Dash to First Prize Doc.