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The Star Alert in Wide-Open Key West

The Star Alert looks to extend in the Key West at Hialeah.

Q-Racing Journal
January 24, 2014

Roman Correa’s The Star Alert comes off a second-place run behind the sharp Joltin Jess in the 660-yard Moonstone Stakes to head a wide-open eight-horse lineup over 1,000 yards in the $40,000 Key West Stakes on Sunday at Hialeah Park.

The Moonstone and Key West are part of the Marathon Series at the track.

The Star Alert (Beat The Feet (TB)-Lil Gamble Star by Raise The Gamble) tries to prove his second in the Moonstone at 22-1 odds was not a fluke and the added distance may be to his advantage. He was gaining on winner Joltin Jess in the Moonstone after being placed in a stalking position for most of the race.

Trained by Raul Gonzalez, The Star Alert scored his most recent victory back in September at Prairie Meadows when he made a late run over 870 yards to win for a $10,000 claiming tag.

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The Rachel Stephens’-leased Doyles Dashing Star (Heza Fast Dash-Georgia Wildcat by Groovy (TB)) is always a threat at Hialeah with five wins and five seconds from 18 starts over the track.

Doyles Dashing Star started her season at Hialeah with a neck win in the 550-yard $32,000 Orange Blossom Stakes and then was off the board in the 550-yard Crystal River and the Moonstone.

During last year’s meet, the Gene Stephens-trained mare won the Moonstone, was second by a neck in the Crystal River and the Orange Blossom.

The Alfredo Gomez-owned and -trained Apollo Ono (Apollo (TB)-Molly May Eye by Mr Eye Opener) should be a strong challenger with a win over the track and at the 1,000-yard distance in his latest out. In the allowance race, he stumbled at the start and went to the lead to open up a daylight advantage before winning by 2 1/2 lengths.

Apollo Ono also won a $15,000 optional-claiming race at Hialeah at 660 yards on December 15. He has made four starts this season at Hialeah, with a pair of wins and a second-place finish.

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