Hialeah Closes with Big Stakes

South Florida track offers four stakes on the closing day card.

Press Release
February 23, 2014

Martin Reynoza’s 3-year-old gelding Quick Dynasty and Cesar Rosales’s 4-year-old stallion Dash Master Jess were the big stakes winners on Sunday’s closing day program at Hialeah Park as the iconic South Florida track, known by millions of fans as “the world’s most beautiful race course,” drew the curtain down on the 2013-14 live American Quarter Horse season.

Quick Dynasty, by FDD Dynasty, defeated PYC First Prize Fany by 1 1/2 lengths to win the $183,295 South Florida Quarter Horse Derby. Saddled by leading trainer Brandon Muniz and ridden by leading rider Jesse Levario, Quick Dynasty posted his fourth victory of the 2013-14 Hialeah Park season and became the only four-time winner of the meet. He was still a maiden when he won a trial for the December 29 Hialeah Futurity. The gelding finished a disappointing eighth in the final but has rebounded with three straight wins to start 2014. Quick Dynasty was clocked in a time of :21.550 for 440 yards and earned a winner’s share of $84,315. He was bred in Missouri by William O. Dale.

Eight runners contested the 2014 South Florida Quarter Horse Derby after the scratches of Big Time JP and Beattie Feathers, finishing in the following order: Quick Dynasty, PYC First Prize Fany, Eye Get The Blues, Pruittized, Furyofthesea, Max Cartel, Corona Sportiness and Eagles Magic.

One race later, in the first running of the $100,000 Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational, Dash Master Jess, a 4-year-old daughter of Mr Jess Perry, came charging late and held off the closing Dashing Beduino by a neck to register her third victory of the 2013-14 Hialeah season. Dash Master Jess stopped the timer in :21.601 for 440 yards and garnered the winner’s share of $60,000.

Trainer Rolando Almanza had originally named Ricky Ramirez to ride Dash Master Jess but turned to veteran local jockey Shanley Jackson when Ramirez was unable to take the call. Jackson was scheduled to ride Joltin Jess in the race, but Matt Frazier, trainer of the multiple stakes winner, decided to withdraw his gelding from the race at morning scratch time. Dash Master Jess was bred in Texas by Scarlett Hill Farm Inc.

The official order of finish in the 2014 Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational, reduced to nine runners when Habits Secret was scratched at the starting gate, was: Dash Master Jess, Dashing Beduino, Jazz Be First, Texelkas Chic, Feature My News, Coppers Fit, Sure Shot B, Freaking and Mi Angela.

Sunday’s 10-race program also included the $52,000 Sailfish Stakes at 1,000 yards, won by 22-1 outsider Reds Casino under jockey Alex Gonzalez for trainer Marcus Strickland. The 7-year-old Florida-bred son of Bettin The Red won by seven lengths and stopped the timer at :53.176. This marked the first stakes victory for the Strickland Farm Inc. homebred.

In the $21,100 Roble Rojo Bonus Challenge at 300 yards, Rodney Verret’s Madresita prevailed by a neck in :15.404. Jockey Luis Guerrero rode for trainer John Stinebaugh. The 4-year-old Mongoose Jet Eye mare, who was bred in Oklahoma by MacKie Racing LLC, improved her career bankroll to $85,294 with the win. The Bonus Challenge Presented by Markel is for Bank of America Racing Challenge-enrolled horses.

Trainer Muniz recorded his 34th victory of the meet when Quick Dynasty won the South Florida Quarter Horse Derby. He finished four wins up on Alfredo Gomez (34-30) and tallied his second consecutive training title at Hialeah Park. Jockey Levario chalked up a riding double on closing day to finish three up on Omar Reyes (47-44).

Hialeah Park ended the 2013-14 season with another record-breaking day at the mutuel windows on Sunday. With an ebullient crowd of 5,000 (estimated) fans on track putting $110,593 through the windows and off-track wagering generating another $402,407, the all-sources total handle reached $513,000, almost $30,000 more than the previous record of $483,702 bet last Sunday.

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