Jessies First Down, Seize The Win Capture Big Stakes at Hialeah

Florida track offered more than $750,000 in purses over four stakes.

Press Release

The 4-year-old gelding Jessies First Down and the 3-year-old colt Seize The Win were the stars of a stakes-studded Sunday afternoon at iconic Hialeah Park, known the globe over as “the world’s most beautiful race course.”

Jessies First Down, ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo and trained by Judd Kearl for owner/breeder Ted G. Abrams of Texas, prevailed by a neck in the $204,715 Hialeah Maturity over runner-up Quick Dynasty and covered 440 yards in :21.350. The winner, by FDD Dynasty out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess A Classy Lassy, scored his first career victory and earned $85,980 for the winning connections.

Even though this was the first victory for the Texas-bred, who was sent off at odds of 15-1, he had finished second in the trials and also ran second in a trial to the All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

The official order of finish in the 2015 Hialeah Maturity was: Jessies First Down, Quick Dynasty, Daytona B, Dashin For A Prize, Max Cartel, El Macho Prieto Boy, Royal Fast Jess, Pruittized, Gals Gotta Sizzle and Cautionsly.

Seize The Win, ridden by Shanley Jackson and trained by Matt Frazier for owner Glen Graff, broke alertly, took command immediately and was never threatened in his one-length victory over Moonin The Eagle in the $417,575 Hialeah Derby. He stopped the timer in :19.272 for 400 yards as he recorded his third consecutive victory. Seize The Win, by PYC Paint Your Wagon out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess An Illusion, earned top prize money of $175,381.

Bred in Texas by Jerry Windham, Seize The Win has a record of 6-3-1-0 with earnings of $255,863. He earned his first stakes victory in last year’s Governor’s Stakes at Indiana Grand.

The final order of finish in the 2015 Hialeah Derby was: Seize The Win, Moonin The Eagle, Red Corona Warrior, A Black Zipper, Kitty Kat Galore B, Mr El R 15, Allazoom, TLC Moonshine Wagon, Denim Jeans and BP Run Cartel Run.

Sunday’s nine-race program at Hialeah Park, which attracted a festive crowd of 3,143 and garnered $406,762.74 in all-sources handle, included two other stakes events, the $112,910 FQHRA Stallion Stakes Derby (R) and the $27,250 Moonstone Stakes.

The Kearl/Vallejo tandem proved victorious in the $112,910 FQHRA Stallion Stakes Derby as Shawn McCain’s Last Man Standin hit the wire first in a driving five-horse finish. Eat The Fish grabbed second and JMF Jess Shameful took third followed by Hayjay in fourth and Game Rita in fifth, with the final margins a neck, a nose, a neck and a head.

Last Man Standin is a Texas-bred son of Jodys Money Pop bred by County Line Runners.

In the Moonstone, the second leg of the Hialeah Distance Series, post time favorite Emperor Valerian drew clear late under confident handling by jockey Alex Baldillez Jr. to beat The Star Alert by one-half length at the wire. The Anna Crowson trainee covered the unique 660 yards of the Moonstone in :32.370. The Oklahoma-bred by Heza Fast Dash runs for Rancho Los Dos Potrillos LLC and has won 10 of 35 career starts.

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