Hialeah Opener Stakes Draws 10

Hialeah opens meet with a full-gate stakes race.

Q-Racing Journal
November 27, 2013

Dan Adams, P.K. Thomas and Gene White’s classy Lethal Volt makes his Hialeah Park debut and highlights the meet’s opening day when he starts in the $30,000 Orange Blossom Stakes over 550 yards on Friday afternoon.

The 40-date season with 27 stakes races runs through February 23 primarily on a Friday through Sunday schedule.

Lethal Volt (Volcom-Miss Lethal by Chicks Beduino) should be ready for the Orange Blossom after winning his only start at 550 yards in his most recent start. He took an $18,220 allowance race at Will Rogers Downs by three-quarters of a length on November 2 for trainer Kasey Willis.

The 4-year-old gelding has been a solid stakes competitor since finishing fifth in the 2011 $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1) and then running second by a nose in the $255,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1). He came back as a 3-year-old to finish third in the Dash For Cash Derby (G2) and then was third in the Bank of America Prairie Meadows Challenge (G2) three starts ago.

Alicia Smith’s Feature My News won his Hialeah Derby trial a year ago and then took the $192,000 derby by a neck over 440 yards. He stepped up in class and was seventh in the Hialeah Invitational Championship.

Feature My News was third in the $50,000 Miss Polly Classic over 400 yards at Delta Downs in June and then moved up to 550 yards for the $20,000 Brigand Handicap at Ruidoso Downs while joining the Brandon Muniz stable. He responded with a third-place finish behind Rabbit Revival.

The top-two finishers in last year’s Orange Blossom Stakes – Joltin Jess and Doyles Dashing Star – are back this year.

Glenn Graff’s Joltin Jess (Take Off Jess-Jettin Home by Pine’s Easter Jet) followed his neck win in the 2012 Orange Blossom with a win in the $22,000 Sawgrass Stakes and a third in the $75,000 Hialeah Park Championship. He won a pair of allowance races at Indiana Downs last summer.

Doyles Dashing Star (Heza Fast Dash-Georgia Wildcat by Groovy (TB)) makes his first start since winning an 870-yard allowance race at Fair Grounds by 1 1/2 lengths back in September. He won the $20,000 Moonstone Stakes at Hialeah last winter and the $34,000 Virgil Bond Stakes back in June at Delta Downs.

Sammy Massey’s Legendary Express (Ocean Runaway-Metered Express by Meter Me Gone) returns to Hialeah for the third-straight season. He was the third-place finisher in the 2012 Sawgrass Stakes at 440 yards and was second by a head in the $23,000 Benny Pennington Memorial at Retama Park over 870 yards last summer.