Hialeah Hosts Big Stakes on Closing Weekend
Hialeah's closing weekend opens with four stakes races.
February 20, 2014
Hialeah Park kicks off the final weekend of the 2013-14 live Quarter Horse season with a ten-race program starting at 12:35 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, February 22. The big races are paced by the $100,000 Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational Handicap and the $183,295 South Florida Quarter Horse Derby on Sunday.
Also on Sunday is the $50,000 Sailfish Stakes that concludes the meet-long marathon series.
The Saturday lineup includes $30,000 Sunshine State Derby and the $30,000 Miami-Dade County Stakes.
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In the Sam Abbey Invitational Championship, World Wide Promotion Enterprises Inc.’s improving Dashin Beduino meets Glenn Graff’s Joltin Jess, winner of two stakes during the season.
Dashin Beduino (Gros Oreille-Swiftone by Dashin Bye) was claimed for $10,000 at Evangeline Downs and then moved up the class ladder at Hialeah. The 4-year-old gelding was a close second in an optional-claiming race and then took an allowance race by daylight and won the $40,000 Sawgrass Stakes by one-half length over Joltin Jess for trainer Yoel Luis.
Joltin Jess (Take Off Jess-Jettin Home by Pine’s Easter Jet) has had a stellar meet at Hialeah. After finishing second in the $30,000 Orange Blossom Stakes at 550 yards he won the Crystal River Stakes at 550 yards. He then dropped down to 440 yards to finish a troubled second to Dashin Beduino in the Sawgrass Stakes.
Charles Forbes Jr. and Tommy Hays’ always tough Sure Shot B tries to rebound from a fifth-place run in the Sawgrass. Before that effort, he won a $19,500 allowance race and then took the $25,000 City of Hialeah Stakes.
In the 440-yard South Florida Derby, Martin Reynoza’s Quick Dynasty (FDD Dynasty-Royal Quick Glass by Royal Quick Dash) tries to continue his improvement with his third-straight win.
Quick Dynasty was a lackluster eighth in the $406,000 Hialeah Futurity and came back with a pair of wins. After taking a conditioned allowance race by three quarters of a length at 1-10 odds, the gelding dominated his South Florida Derby trial by a length with the top qualifying time of :21.594 from three trials.
The Ricardo Martinez-owned and -trained PYC First Prize Rany (PYC Paint Your Wagon-First Prize Fancy by Mr Jess Perry) will be dangerous after defeating Hialeah Futurity winner Eagles Magic (One Famous Eagle-Dashing Folly by First Down Dash) by 1 3/4 lengths with the second-fastest qualifying mark of :21.682.
Vicente Contreras’ Eagles Magic won her Hialeah Futurity trial and now has two wins and a pair of second in her latest four starts.
In the Sailfish Stakes at 1,000 yards, Erasmo Hernandez’s Eyeontheline (Eye Yin You-Bobbie Lou (TB) by Barrett’s Bullet) tries to repeat his effort in the $40,000 Key West Stakes when he won by 1 1/4 lengths after setting all the fractions over 1,000 yards. He was claimed from $5,000 three starts ago at Evangeline Downs by trainer Yoani Abreu.
Rachel Stephens’ Doyles Dashing Star (Heza Fast Dash-Georgia Wildcat by Groovy (TB)) won the Orange Blossom Stakes back in November in her first out of the season at Hialeah, but has not won in her four starts since that neck win.
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On Saturday, in the $30,000 Miami-Dade County Stakes over 440 yards, the 9-year-old gelding Dashing Manner (Title Contender-Dot Dot And Dash by Slice Of Life) is the 5-2 morning-line favorite with a pair of wins and a close second in his three starts during the Hialeah meet. He won by a neck for a $10,000 claiming tag, was second by a neck in a $15,000 optional-claiming race and then fought to a head win in a $19,500 allowance race.
Dashing Manner has been on the board in 24 of 56 career starts with 10 wins, but is still chasing his first stakes win.
Sunset Well Service’s Straightfromtheheart (FDD Dynasty-My Special Phoebe by Special Effort) fits well at this level. The gelding was second by a neck in the $30,000 Hialeah Sophomore Invitational back in December and then easily won an allowance race before a fourth-place run in the Beautiful Prairie Stakes.
In the 400-yard Sunshine Stakes Derby, Chantelle Bourgeois’ Bold Six Love (Streakin Six Cartel-Miss Triple Lynn by Toast To Dash) looks to validate his fastest-qualifying win as 12-1 odds as a maiden. The Greg Watson-trained gelding won by 1 1/4 lengths with the top time of :19.862 from the second of two trials.
Dream Girls’ Jazzing Dreamer (Bono Jazz-Unanswered Dreams by Grand Slam (TB) took the other trial by 2 3/4 lengths with the second-fastest time of :20.053. The Brad Bolen-trained gelding recorded his second career win from six starts.
Leading jockey and leading trainer honors remain up for grabs heading into the final 20 races of the meet. Jesse Levario leads the rider standings 42-41 over Omar Reyes with Oscar Delgado 5 wins back in third. Brandon Muniz holds a two-win edge (30-28) over Alfredo Gomez in the trainer standings.
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