FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fly Through The Fire Takes City Of Hialeah Stakes On Sunday
Comebacker Scores Under Jockey Villatoro, Top Trainer Kearl Saddles 1-2 Finishers
Hialeah, FL / January 24, 2016 – The five-year-old comebacker Fly Thru Fire, running for the first time since September of 2015, took command early under jockey Noe Villatoro and went on to register a strong one-length victory over stablemate Jessies First Down in the $28,250 City of Hialeah Stakes on Sunday January 24.
Fly Thru Fire, saddled by leading trainer Judd Kearl for ownership of the King Camden Running Horses, Inc., stopped the timer in 19.169 seconds for the race distance of 400 yards, earning a Speed Index of 108.
His time set a new Hialeah Park track record for the distance, besting the previous mark of 19.227 recorded by Jazz Be First on December 18, 2010.?
Stablemate and 2-5 post time favorite Jessies First Down broke inward, straightened up under jockey Rodrigo Vallejo, and had dead-aim on the winner in the final 100 yards, but could not seriously threaten for the win.
The top two finished well ahead of Lucky Me and Paint Your Zoe, who ended up two lengths behind the runner-up in a dead heat for the show position.
Fly Thru Fire, the California-bred son of Walk Thru Fire out of the Strawfly Special mare Babe On The Fly, collected first-place money of $17,515 for his City of Hialeah victory to up his career earnings to $44,635.
The official order of finish in the 2016 City of Hialeah Stakes was: 1) Fly Thru Fire, 2) Jessies First Down, 3-DH) Lucky Me, 3-DH) Paint Your Zoe, 5) Talktomeson, 6) Little James Brown, 7) Really A Dasher, and 8) First Wear. Roger Moore was a morning scratch.
Hialeah Park closes out the fifth week of its 10-week 2015-16 live racing season with an eight-race card featuring two $5,000-guaranteed Pick Fours on Monday January 25. First post is at 12:35 PM ET, parking and admission are always free of charge.
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