Skyline Lover Defends Moonstone

Hialeah's reigning horse of the meet tries to keep momentum going.

January 20, 2012

The Hialeah-loving Skyline Lover defending his win in the $20,000 Moonstone Stakes at 660 yards heads four stakes races over diverse distances at Hialeah Park on Sunday afternoon.

Rounding out the stakes-dominated card is the $20,000 City of Hialeah Stakes at 400 yards, the $20,000 Miami-Dade County Stakes at 300 yards and the $20,000 Banyan Tree Stakes at 250 yards.

Dan Frazier’s Skyline Lover (Feature Mr Jess-Loves That Gold by Royal Quick Dash) has been the star at Hialeah Park over the past two racing seasons and is undefeated in six starts at the south Florida track.

A year ago, trainer Matt Frazier sent out Skyline Lover to four stakes wins at distances from 550 to 1,000 yards, including his 4-length romp in the Moonstone Stakes as the 2-5 favorite.

Skyline Lover is on the same path this year. He has already defended his wins in the Orange Blossom and Crystal River Stakes. He won the 550-yard Orange Blossom Stakes with a new track record and prevailed by a head in the Crystal River over Flyin Fish, who is back in the Moonstone.

In the City of Hialeah Stakes, the Ricardo Martinez-owned and -trained Freaking (TR Dasher-Chickasis by Chicks Beduino) comes off an 8-1 upset win in The Signature Stakes. The brother to world champion Freaky prevailed by a half length in the 350-yard The Signature with a :17.484 time.

Richard Joneson’s homebred Fast N Furrious (Country Chicks Man-The Cheetah by Pure D Dash) appears to be ready for this class level after dominating the Hialeah Sophomore Invitational by 1 3/4 lengths. The Guillermo Valdivia-trainee raced the 440 yards in :21.401 for his fourth win from 11 starts.

In the Miami-Dade County Stakes, Biscayne Stakes winner Logans Dash (Toast To Dash-Logans Game by Game Patriot) meets Hialeah La Nina invitational winner Okey Dokey Diamond (Okey Dokey Dale-Diamond Of Deception by Streakin La Jolla).

Anibal Hernandez’s Logans Dash thrives at shorter distances. In the 250-yard Biscayne. he surged on the outside to get the ½-length score in :13.27.

Rito Moreno’s Okey Dokey Diamond scored her first stakes win when she took the La Nina by ½ half length over 400 yards. She was a troubled second in the All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity last fall at Beulah Park.

In the Banyon Tree, Carl Kirby’s Doctor Onaka (Sean Roy-Mind All Mind by Mind Game) shoots for his second stakes win of the meet. The Jackie Kirby-trained gelding prevailed by a nose as a 12-1 long shot in the 220-yard Sunshine State Stakes and then was third in a $16,000 allowance race.