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Ec Jet One, Moonin The Eagle Score Hialeah Park Stakes Wins
Kearl Saddles Derby Hero Ec Jet One, Almanza Saddles Maturity Winner Moonin The Eagle
Hialeah, FL / January 17, 2016 – With the big money on the line Sunday at Hialeah Park, it came as no surprise that trainers Judd Kearl and Rolando Almanza greeted their horses in the winner’s circle after the two richest races so far this season at this historic South Florida racing palace.
KEARL SENDS OUT EC JET ONE TO TAKE $390,935 HIALEAH DERBY FOR OWNER/BREEDER ENRIQUE CARRION
Trainer Judd Kearl was all smiles when he greeted owner/breeder Enrique Carrion immediately after their Ec Jet One scored the biggest victory of his career in the $390,935 Hialeah Derby.
The Texas-bred son of The Louisiana Cartel-Pretty Girl Perry took the lead shortly after the start and prevailed by a neck under veteran rider Rodrigo Vallejo over late charging runner-up Tee Chic.
“It was quite emotional to watch a horse that I bred win such a big race,” said Carrion. “Judd has done a great job with him and Rodrigo knows him well. We were disappointed with the outcome (6th) in the Texas Classic Futurity and this win gives us confidence in him again.”
Ec Jet One recorded a time of 19.320 seconds (SI 104) for the 400 yards of the Hialeah Derby. He earned the winner’s share of $179,831 for owner Carrion and boosted his lifetime earnings to $299,007.
TOP QUALIFIER MOONIN THE EAGLE BREAKS SHARPLY, ROLLS LATE FOR DECISIVE HIALEAH MATURITY WIN
The big gray Moonin the Eagle, the son of One Famous Eagle-Your First Moon, broke on top and finished strongly to win the $204,310 Hialeah Maturity by three-quarters of a length over Tf Cajun Cartel.
“I knew he’d run well if he broke with the field,” said conditioner Rolando Almanza. “He’s had some issues in the gate. That’s why we went to the flipping halter. He broke beautifully today and I knew he’d be running the fastest in the final yards.”
Moonin the Eagle, ridden to victory by Ricky Ramirez, was clocked in a time of 21.201 for the American Quarter Horse classic distance of 440 yards, earning a Speed Index of 105.
He collected the winner’s prize of $85,810 and upped his career earnings to $309,343 with his 5th lifetime score.
WHO JACK TAKES FQHRA STALLION STAKES DERBY AS FAVORITE, BESTS TOP QUALIFIER FAST FLYIN FIREBALL
The three-year-old gelding Who Jack, trained by Sergio Concepcion for owner Eulice Pujol and ridden by Osdany Leal, defeated fastest qualifier Fast Flyin Fireball by a neck to win the $100,580 FQHRA Stallion Stakes Derby.
Who Jack, bred in Louisiana by Leigh Lepinski and Leverne Perry, hit the wire first as part of a driving four-horse finish that included the top two finishers plus Ahs Uncle Si and Country Mans Jazz.
The winner, a son of Jumpn-Paradise Jayne, covered 350 yards in 17.568 seconds to earn $42,244 and up his career earnings to $54,844 from 2 victories in 4 lifetime outings.
CARTERS SIXTY SIX VALIDATES LONGSHOT TRIALS VICTORY WITH A DETERMINED TALLY IN HIALEAH EL NIÑO
Bryon Gardner’s Carters Sixty Six missed the cut for the Hialeah Derby, but the three-year-old daughter of Carters Cartel-Going Sixty Six returned Sunday for a narrow victory in the $30,000 Hialeah El Niño Invitational.
Carters Sixty Six, trained by Judd Kearl and ridden by Agustin Silva, eked out victory by a nose over fast charging Careless Lightning under veteran Larry Payne.
The judges took plenty of time to examine the photo and, ultimately, put up Carters Sixty Six in the top spot. The winner was clocked in a time of 19.383 seconds for 400 yards while earning the top prize in the race of $18,300.
STRING BET SCORES AT DOUBLE DIGITS IN HIALEAH JUNIOR MATURITY, TOPS 7-5 FAVORITE POLITICAL DEBUT
The late charge of 10-1 outsider String Bet proved to be the winning difference in the $25,000 Hialeah Junior Maturity, the first of five consecutive stakes races on the January 17 Sunday program at Hialeah Park.
Saddled by Eli Vazquez for owner Stephanie Flores, String Bet prevailed by a neck under Christian Esqueda over 7-5 favorite Political Debut.
The winner, bred in Texas by Roger Knight, Jr., put up a time of 21.323 seconds for the race distance of 440 yards while earning top money of $15,000.
HIALEAH PARK POSTS SOLID ATTENDANCE AND HANDLE NUMBERS SUNDAY, WILL CLOSEOUT FOURTH WEEK
Boosted by unexpectedly mild afternoon conditions in the wake of severe morning storms, Hialeah Park hosted some 2,153 racing fans for the Sunday festivities. The on-track patrons wagered a total of $77,173 and the all-sources handle topped out at $450,567.
Hialeah Park closes out the fourth week of its 10-week 2015-16 live racing season with an eight-race card on Monday January 18. First post is at 12:35 PM ET, parking and admission are always free of charge.
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