Classy Sure Shot B in Hialeah Stakes

Classy runner leads City of Hialeah Stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Charles Forbes and Tommy Hays’ Sure Shot B appears to be in top form when he takes on older runners over 400 yards in the $25,000 City of Hialeah Stakes on Sunday at Hialeah Park.

Sure Shot B (Stoli-She A Miracle by Dean Miracle) prepared for the City of Hialeah with a neck win at 220 yards in a $19,500 Hialeah Park allowance race on December 29. Before joining the Judd Kearl barn for the Hialeah season, the gelding won a Lone Star Park allowance race and was a close third against Texas-breds in the $25,000 B.F. Phillips Handicap (RG3).

Sure Shot B was a Grade 1 futurity competitor in 2011 when he reached the finals of the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and capped his juvenile campaign with a 9-1 upset win in the $1,158,941 Texas Classic Futurity (G1).

The earner of $556,009 has won seven of 15 career starts.

Sure Shot B starts from the outside post position in the full 10-horse field and next to him is prime competitor Joker On Jack (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Miss Six Fortunes by Six Fortunes), owned by Wade Helton and Jarrett Helton.

Joker On Jack had an excellent 3-year-old campaign when he won the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) at Lone Star Park and was third behind Wicked Courage in the $1,054,000 Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

The Alfredo Gomez-trained Joker On Jack won the 2012 $204,440 Hialeah Futurity and comes off a third-place run in the $227,000 Hialeah Derby.

M and G Farms’ Coppers Fit (Copper Buff-Wings Of Angels by Rupert’s Wing (TB)) makes his stakes debut as a 9-year-old in his 27th start. The gelding has been in sharp form against primarily claiming and optional-claiming company, with five straight wins and a close second in his latest six races. After reeling off five-straight wins, he was second by a neck as the 7-10 favorite in his most recent effort.

Humberto Rivera’s Texelkas Chic (Jumpn Chic-Texelkas Shocker by What A Shock (TB)) is also in peak form when she makes her third start off a layoff. The Eduardo Morales-trained mare won her maiden last May at Delta Downs and then was off until December. She came back to finish a close third in her Hialeah Derby trial in December and then won the $30,000 Hialeah Sophomore Invitational in her latest start.