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Ill Stop The World Overcomes Stumble To Win Signature Stakes
Six-Year-Old Tallies 7th Career Win, Trainer Gaytan Scores 1st Hialeah Park Stakes Victory
Hialeah, FL / January 10, 2016 – The six-year-old gelding Ill Stop The World overcame a stumble at the start and rallied to score a game victory in Sunday’s $26,750 Signature Stakes at Hialeah Park.
His victory was the third win of the weekend and initial stakes tally here for trainer Carolina Gaytan, who had not saddled a starter at this iconic South Florida racing venue before Saturday January 9.
Ill Stop The World, owned by Alfredo Sanchez and bred in New Mexico by Ron and Kati Hanna, was successful in his first start since finishing sixth in a Zia Park stakes race last November. Prior to that outing, the son of Fdd Dynasty (First Down Dash)-You Light Up My Life (Special Task) had reeled off three straight wins in New Mexico.
Ill Stop The World, ridden to his 7th career victory by Omar Reyes, was sent off as a 7-5 favorite in the Signature Stakes and bested runner-up Paint Your Zoe by a neck in a time of 17.584 for the race distance of 350 yards.
“He took a step back right as the gates kicked,” said Reyes. “He stumbled, I picked him up, and we got going. I had plenty left at the end, he outclassed ‘em.”
“I’m happy to be here and win some races right away,” said trainer Gaytan. “We tried something different with Ill Stop The World this time. We added the flipping halter because he stumbled in his last race. He did it again today, but he still won. If things work out, we hope to run in the Sam Abbey Memorial at the end of the meet.”
The winner collected the top prize of $16,050 for his Signature Stakes victory. That drove his career earnings to $243,222 from 21 lifetime starts.
After Ill stop The World and Paint Your Zoe, the remaining order of finish was: Talktomeson, Mesa Marvel, Cash Happens, and A Priceless Gal. El Macho Prieto Boy and Fly Thru Fire were scratched.
Hialeah Park closes out the third week of its 10-week 2015-16 live racing season with an eight-race card on Monday January 11. First post is at 12:35 PM ET, parking and admission are always free of charge.
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