Joltin Jess Shortens in Sawgrass

Joltin Jess looks for another win at Hialeah Park on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Glenn Graff’s Joltin Jess, winner of two legs of the Hialeah Park Marathon Series, drops down in distance going for his third-straight stakes win when he faces a deep field in the $40,000 Sawgrass Stakes at 440 yards on Sunday at Hialeah Park.

Joltin Jess (Take Off Jess-Jettin Home by Pine’s Easter Jet) prepares for a possible start in the $100,000 Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational Championship on closing day, February 23, at 440 yards. The gelding has proven himself at 550 yards with his 2 1/4-length win in the $32,000 Crystal River Stakes and then at 660 yards with a length win at 7-10 odds in the $31,000 Moonstone Stakes.

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A year ago, Joltin Jess dominated the Sawgrass Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths at 9-10 odds and returned to cross the finish line in third place in the Hialeah Invitational Handicap before being disqualified and placed ninth.

Joltin Jess has made seven starts at Hialeah, all in stakes, and scored four wins.

Cesar Rosales’ Dash Master Jess (Mr Jess Perry-Dash Master Miss by Dash For Destiny) joins the older-horse division after winning the $227,000 Hialeah Derby on December 29. He was sent off as the 5-2 co-favorite in the 440-yard derby and rolled to a length win. It was his first stakes win.

Dash Master Jess, trained by Rolando Almanza, has three wins and a pair of seconds from six starts at Hialeah.

Charles Forbes Jr. and Tommy Hays’ Sure Shot B (Stoli-She A Miracle by Dean Miracle) won the 2011, $1,158,941 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) and is back in top form with wins in his latest two starts. The Judd Kearl-trained gelding won a $19,500 allowance race at 220 yards by a neck and then pulled away to a half-length win in the $27,000 City of Hialeah Stakes over 400 yards.

Wade Helton and Jarrett Helton’s Joker On Jack (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Miss Six Fortunes by Six Fortunes) showed his class with a head win in the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) at Lone Star Park back in September and finishing third in the $1 million Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs last summer. He was third to Dash Master Jess, as the co-favorite, in the Hialeah Derby for trainer Alfredo Gomez.

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