Camera Can’t Separate Carters Sixty Six, EC Jet One in South Florida Derby

The two rivals reached the wire simultaneously Sunday at Hialeah Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Bryon Gardner's Carters Sixty Six (number 3) and Enrique Carrion's EC Jet One (10) reached the wire as a team in Sunday's South Florida Derby. PHOTO: Coady Photography.

Hialeah Park’s photo-finish camera couldn’t separate Carters Sixty Six and EC Jet One at the wire in Sunday’s South Florida Derby, as the two rivals finished for a dead heat for the win in the $204,265 stakes.

Carters Sixty Six, a 7-1 longshot, and EC Jet One, the 1-2 favorite in the full field of 10 3-year-olds, reached the wire in :21.717 for 440 yards on a fast track for trainer Judd Kearl. Augstin Silva rode Carters Sixty Six for owner Bryon Gardner, while Rodrigo Vallejo was aboard EC Jet One for owner Enrique Carrion.

A homebred, EC Jet One brought in a three-race win streak that included a neck victory as the 17-10 choice in the January 17, $390,935 Hialeah Derby. The colt by The Louisiana Cartel has won six of eight outs and has banked $353,649, and he ran third in last year’s $621,100 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Carters Sixty Six was bred in Kansas by Michael T. Samples. A $10,000 buy at the 2014 Heritage Place Yearling Sale, the bay daughter of champion Carters Cartel has banked $103,315 from nine starts, and her three wins include the $30,000 El Nino Invitational Stakes on January 17.

Genovese crossed the wire third, a half of a length behind the two winners, but was disqualified and placed ninth for drifting out at the start. Sprinster, Satcha Wagoneer, Ahs Blazin Spirit, Yawls Corona, Love You Pappi, Favored Fire, Genovese, and Highway completed the official order of finish.

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