Aquafina has Class in Preserverence

Stakes winner Aquafina tries Preserverence Stakes.

January 13, 2012

Lucas Racing’s homebred Aquafina, winner of the Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge, should have the class edge over her female rivals in the $20,000 Perseverance Stakes at 350 yards on Sunday afternoon at Hialeah Park.

The superbly bred Aquafina (First Down Dash-Runaway Wave by Runaway Winner) is after her first win since taking the Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge back in August at Los Alamitos. A sister to champion Ocean Runaway and world champion Wave Carver, she then stepped up to the graded stakes level at Los Alamitos and was off the board in three successive starts, including a pair of Grade 1 stakes.

Aquafina joined the Ron Raper barn at Hialeah and found class relief. After finishing fifth in her Hialeah Derby trial, she improved in the Hialeah Sophomore Invitational, responding with a second-place finish at 11-1 odds.

Dan Frazier’s Eye Opening Favorite (Mr Eye Opener-Political Favorite by Apollo (TB)) made her Hialeah debut in the 300-yard Foxy Lady Stakes on December 11 and seemed to like the south Florida track. The Mr Eye Opener daughter surged in the final strides to get up and win by a nose in :15.354 and gain her valuable first stakes win.

The Matt Frazier-trained Eye Opening Favorite won a non-winners-of-two allowance race and qualified to the Indiana Quarter Horse Racing Association Derby last year while primarily campaigning in the Midwest.

Ramon Escamilla and Jorge Mendoza’s Marys Corazon (Azoom-Streakin O Toole by Jody O Toole) has been busy at Hialeah this winter and makes her fourth start of the season. Her best effort came in her first local start on December 10 when she was second by a scant nose in the Sunshine State Stakes. She followed with a second in an allowance race on December 24 and an off-the-board finish eight days later in a stakes for trainer Jorge Mendoza.

Lisa Joneson’s homebred Ann Jemima (Country Chicks Man-Mea Brick House by Rare Form) returns to the stakes ranks after taking an allowance race over the Hialeah strip. The Country Chicks Man daughter defeated Marys Corazon by a half length in that 220-yard allowance race after finishing off the board in the Foxy Lady Stakes.