Tee Chic Heads Field in Hialeah Derby

The $390,395 race is one of five stakes at the Miami-area track on Sunday.


Hialeah Park near Miami will run five stakes on its nine-race Sunday program.

Tee Chic, a homebred graded stakes winning son of Jumpn Chic racing for Francisco J. Garza, drew post 8 for Sunday’s 400-yard, $390,395 Hialeah Derby at Hialeah Park.

The Hialeah Derby is one of five official stakes scheduled at the Miami-area track on Sunday.

Trained by R.L. “Rick” Robinson, Tee Chic is coming off of a 2-year-old campaign in which the gelding banked $266,884 from five outs, and his three wins included a head victory as the 3-2 favorite in the 300-yard, $410,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) at Remington Park.

Tee Chic drew post 8 and will be ridden by Agustin Silva. Other contenders include fastest qualifier Sheza Hot Valentine, a gray daughter of Walk Thru Fire trained by Rolando Almanza for owner Jaime Flores. Sheza Hot Valentine brings in a three-race win streak that includes a two-length victory in the 350-yard, $148,000 Gillespie County Fair Futurity in Texas.

Sheza Hot Valentine drew post 10 and will be ridden by Francisco Ramirez Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Timepaintyourwagondw (Ricky Ramirez)
Grey Eyed Hero (Paul Nieto)
Finnick (Jesus Osuna)
Prized Wagon (Cristian Esqueda)
EC Jet One (Rodrigo Vallejo)
Pryme Time (Omar Reyes)
Fire Em Up Jess (Raul Gutierrez)
Tee Chic (Agustin Silva)
I No Shes A Hot Mess (Larry Payne)
Shez A Hot Valentine (Francisco Ramirez Jr.).

Hialeah Maturity
Gregorio Garcia Garza’s Moonin The Eagle, the fastest qualifier, is one of 10 4-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 440-yard, $204,310 Hialeah Maturity.

Trained by Rolando Almanza, Moonin The Eagle is a gray son of champion One Famous Eagle. The stallion has earned $223,553 from 11 races, and his 3-year-old campaign included a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Zoomin Effortlessly, in the 440-yard, $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) at Lone Star Park on October 3.

Moonin The Eagle drew post 3 and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez.

Premier Ethics, a 4-year-old mare by the Mr Jess Perry stallion Ethics Aside trained by Elio Vazquez for Double A Ranch, will put her undefeated (five-for-five) record at Hialeah Park on the line on Sunday. The mare is coming off of a sophomore campaign in which she won stakes at Remington Park and Hialeah and ran fourth in the 440-yard, $2,378-million All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Yordanis Amaro will ride Premier Ethics from post 2.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
TF Cajun Cartel (Tanner Thedford)
Premier Ethics (Yordanis Amaro)
Moonin The Eagle (Ricky Ramirez)
Mavara Vegas (Alejandro Luna)
Seize The Win (Oscar Delgado)
Rattle N Battle (Edwuin Lujan)
RC Me Leaving You (Rodrigo Vallejo)
Yurman (Omar Reyes)
A Royal Fling (Agustin Silva)
Demille (Osdany Leal)

FQHRA Stallion Stakes Derby (R)
Fastest qualifier Fast Flyin Fireball, a gelded son of This Flights For You racing for Adina Baker, drew post 10 for Sunday’s 350-yard, $100,580 Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association Stallion Stakes Derby (R).

Fast Flyin Fireball made his Hialeah winter meet debut with a nose victory in the second of three trials on December 28. The gelding will again be ridden by Benito Baca for trainer Donnie Strickland in the final.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Blushing First Down (Gerardo Garrido)
Mister Swagger James (Francisco Ramirez Jr.)
Kittyna (Omar Reyes)
Who Jack (Osdany Leal)
Ah Uncle Si (Larry Payne)
Country Mans Jazz (Agustin Silva)
Jess Strong (Rodrigo Vallejo)
Foust (Oscar Delgado)
Watch My Wallet Loto (Dale Beaty)
Fast Flyin Fireball (Benito Baca)

The other two stakes on Hialeah Park’s nine-race program are the 440-yard, $20,000 Hialeah Junior Maturity for 4-year-olds, and the 400-yard, $30,000 El Nino Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Garza Laurel Partnership’s Political Debut is the likely favorite for the Hialeah Junior Maturity. A 4-year-old Apollitical Jess mare trained by R.L. “Rick” Robinson, Political Debut is coming off of a sophomore season in which she ran second, a half of a length behind winner Marys Coronitas, in the 400-yard, $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G2) at Lone Star Park.

Robinson will also send out the likely favorite in the El Nino Stakes, Jesse M. Gibson’s Careless Lightning. A gray son of American Runaway, Careless Lightning won three stakes last season, including the 350-yard, $152,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Lone Star.

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