Four Stakes at Hialeah

Miami-area racetrack hosts four stakes over the weekend.

Q-Racing Journal
January 17, 2013

There will be an abundance of stakes action at Hialeah Park on Saturday afternoon when four $20,000 stakes dominate the eight-race program.

The stakes range from a pair of 250-yard dashes – the Biscayne Stakes and the Beautiful Prairie Stakes – to  the 660-yard Crystal River Stakes and the 400-yard City of Hialeah Stakes.

Freaking (TR Dasher-Chickasis by Chicks Beduino) is making a run for horse-of-the-meet honors after finishing first in each of his two local starts coming into the City of Hialeah Stakes. The Ricardo Martinez-trained gelding finished first in the Bienvenido De Nuevo Stakes, however, he was disqualified. He made up for that misfortune when he rallied to get up in the final stride to take The Signature Stakes by a nose as the 5-2 favorite on January 6.

Glenn Graff’s Joltin Jess (Take Off Jess-Jettin Home by Pine’s Easter Jet) has won two of his latest three outs and took the Orange Blossom Stakes on December 23. The Matt Frazier-trained gelding won the 550-yard Orange Blossom by a neck at 2-1 odds. In his previous start, he was a close second in the All American Quarter Horse Congress Maturity.

In the Crystal River Stakes, the Rachel Stephens-leased Doyles Dashing Star (Heza Fast Dash-Georgia Wildcat by Groovy (TB)) is in prime position after winning a 660-yard allowance race at Hialeah. Two stakes ago, the Gene Stephens-trained gelding was second by a neck behind Joltin Jess in the Orange Blossom Stakes.

In the Biscayne Stakes for 3-year-olds, Douglas Traylor’s Bubba Carver (Wave Carver-Rustys Lil Lady by Fredricksburg) brought his consistent form to Hialeah and won the El Nino Stakes by a dominating 1 3/4 lengths on December 29. The Judd Kearl-trained gelding has won three of seven starts and has a pair of third-place runs.

In the Beautiful Prairie Stakes for older horses, Bill Price’s homebred BPS Jumpn Frisco (Jumpn-Frisco Fling by Dash For Cash) recently won the Tallahassee Stakes at 220 yards by a neck. The Brian Muse-trained gelding has the past class with thirds in the Heritage Place Derby (G2) and the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby (R), and also qualified for last September’s All American Derby (G1).