Hialeah Presents Stakes Bonanza on Sunday

The track's program features six stakes, topped by the Sam Abbey Invitational


Daytona B heads a full field of 10 in Sunday's 440-yard, $150,000 Sam Abbey Hialeah Invitational Stakes. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

Gregorio Garcia Garza’s Daytona B will be seeking his first win of the season in Sunday’s 440-yard, $150,000 Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational Stakes at Hialeah Park.

Daytona B is coming off of a third-place finish as the 3-10 favorite in the February 7, 440-yard Sawgrass Stakes. However, the 5-year-old son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash ended his 2015 campaign with a three-race win streak that included a convincing 1 3/4-length victory in the 440-yard, $354,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Lone Star Park.

Daytona B drew post 7 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez for trainer Yoani Abreu. The gelding’s nine opponents include a stablemate, Moonin The Eagle. A 4-year-old gray stallion by champion One Famous Eagle, Moonin The Eagle was a prompt even-money choice in the 440-yard, $100,000 Hialeah Maturity on January 17.
Ricky Ramirez will ride Moonin The Eagle from post 10.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Ill Stop The World (Omar Reyes)
Eyesa Famous Eagle (Noe Villatoro)
Dynasty Of Habits (Edwuin Lujan)
Habits Secret (Cristian Esqueda)
Parti Favor (Rolando Pina)
Mo Zoomo (Cesar Esqueda)
Daytona B (Esgar Ramirez)
Fly Thru The Fire (Rodrigo Vallejo)
TF Cajun Cartel (Raul Gutierrez)
Moonin The Eagle (Ricky Ramirez)

South Florida Derby
Fastest qualifier Favored Fire will be going after his first career stakes victory in Sunday’s 440-yard, $204,265 South Florida Derby.

A brown son of Walk Thru Fire trained by Yoani Abreu for owner Luis Miguel Albores-Gleason, Favored Fire is coming off of a neck victory in the first of four trials on February 7. The colt has earned $27,402 from five outs.

Favored Fire drew post 9 and will be ridden by Francisco Ramirez Jr.

Enrique Carrion’s EC Jet One is the only other trial winner to make the South Florida Derby final. A homebred son of The Louisiana Cartel trained by Judd Kearl, the colt brings in a three-race win streak that includes a neck victory in the January 17, 400-yard Hialeah Derby.

Rodrigo Vallejo will ride EC Jet One from post 10.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Yawls Corona (Gerardo Garrido)
Sprinster (Edwuin Lujan)
Carters Sixty Six (Agustin Silva)
Ahs Blazin Spirit (Noe Villatoro)
Love You Pappi (Fernando Fonseca-Soto)
Highway (Benito Baca)
Satcha Wagoneer (Yordanis Amaro)
Genovese (Omar Reyes)
Favored Fire (Francisco Ramirez Jr.)
EC Jet One (Rodrigo Vallejo)

Sailfish Stakes
A field of eight distance specialists will face the starter in Sunday’s 1,000-yard, $40,000 Sailfish Stakes.

Eyesa Shoofly Dandy, the likely favorite, prepped for the Sailfish with a wire-to-wire, two-length victory in the 660-yard, $25,000 Moonstone Stakes on January 31. The 5-year-old gelded son of Gold Medal Jess is trained by Judd Kearl for owners Curtis Smith and Steve A. Holt.

Eyesa Shoofly Dandy drew the rail post and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo, who has ridden the gelding in both of his previous outs during the current Hialeah meet.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Eyesa Shoofly Dandy (Rodrigo Vallejo)
Sheila Tequilla (Omar Reyes)
Reds Casino (Alex Gonzalez)
Game Own (Luis A. Guerrero)
JMF Shazoomer (Ricky Ramirez)
Eye Can Beatum (Benito Baca)
KJR Tocaille (Cristian Esqueda)
Splishsplash (Andrew Samaniego)

Three other stakes will also be contested at Hialeah Park on Sunday. Wade Helton’s Llano Cartel heads a field of 10 aged sprinters in the 250-yard, $35,000 Beautiful Prairie Stakes. A winner of two of his three starts at the current meet, the 6-year-old Teller Cartel gelding drew post 8 and will be ridden by Raul Gutierrez for trainer Fernando Carrete.

Roberto Marquez’s Stick Shift SC will risk his five-race win streak and get a class test at the same time in Sunday’s 300-yard, $30,000 Lucky Loser Stakes. Trained by Carolina Gaytan, the 8-year-old Get Down Perry prepped for this start with a neck victory against open-condition allowance company on January 30. Stick Shift SC will be ridden by Osdany Leal from the rail post in the Lucky Loser Stakes.

Bennie and Teresa Jeter’s RC Me Leaving You, a Grade 1-placed 4-year-old Coronas Leaving You stallion trained by Judd Kearl, is the likely favorite in Sunday’s 440-yard, $30,000 Miami-Dade County Stakes. RC Me Leaving You is coming off of a third-place finish, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Moonin The Eagle, in the January 17, 440-yard Hialeah Maturity. Noe Villatoro will ride the stallion from the rail post.

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