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Joltin Jess Tries 660 in Moonstone

Heavy hitters line up in Hialeah distance race.

Q-Racing Journal
December 31, 2013

Glenn Graff’s Joltin Jess tries 660 yards for the first time in the $30,000 Moonstone Stakes on Sunday at Hialeah Park after winning the $32,000 Crystal River Stakes over 550 yards at the South Florida track in his previous start.

Joltin Jess (Take Off Jess-Jettin Home by Pine’s Easter Jet) dominated the Crystal River when he won by 2 1/4 lengths while pulling away in the final strides for trainer Matt Frazier. Two starts ago, in the $32,000 Orange Blossom Stakes at 550 yards, he finished second by a neck before being disqualified and placed ninth for interference.

The Crystal River will be his first trip at the distance after winning four of 10 starts in 2013 at distances from 350 to 550 yards. He showed his class as a juvenile when he was fifth, beaten by a neck for the win, in the 2010 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and won over 550 yards at Hialeah last year in the Orange Blossom Stakes.

Timothy and Theresa Stephens’ Jets Quick Fortune (Jet Black Patriot-Miss Fortune Lady by Royal Quick Dash) could not hold off Joltin Jess in the Crystal River and is back for another try in the Moonstone. The Judd Kearl-trained 4-year-old was moved up to fourth place following Joltin Jess’ disqualification in the Orange Blossom.

The Rachel Stephens-leased Doyles Dashing Star (Heza Fast Dash-Georgia Wildcat by Groovy (TB)) fought to a neck win in the Orange Blossom before having a slow start in the Crystal River and finishing sixth.

Last year, she won the Moonstone Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths and has raced to three wins and a pair of seconds from five starts at 660 yards.

An 8-year-old mare from the Gene Stephens barn, Doyles Dashing Star has finished on the board in 27 of 44 career starts with 12 wins.