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Premier Ethics Tops 10 Qualifiers From 2 Trials For 2/28 Sunshine State Derby
Hialeah, FL / February 7, 2015 – Mesa Marvel, a sorrel four-year-old gelding bred in California by Dr. Ed Allred, took command early and stayed clear to the wire in registering a one-length victory over runner-up Pyro in Saturday’s $32,000 Sawgrass Stakes at Hialeah Park.
Jockey Raul Gutierrez guided the son of Foose-Straw Flying Lady to his initial career stakes tally for owner/trainer Ricardo Martinez. Mesa Marvel, recording his 5th win in his 15th lifetime outing, covered the Sawgrass Stakes Distance of 440 yards in 21.632 seconds.
The victory, his first at Hialeah Park, followed on the heels of a near-miss second-place effort to The Ocean King in the City of Hialeah Stakes at 400 yards on January 25. Mesa Marvel, the 2-1 post time favorite in the wagering, earned the winner’s share of $19,200 and increased his lifetime earnings to $61,117.
The final order of finish for the 8 runners who contested the 2015 Sawgrass Stakes was: Mesa Marvel, Pyro, Eye Get the Blues, Charvet, Testing The Ice, Fire Burning, Dashing Manner, and Dashin for a Prize.
Saturday’s eight-race program at Hialeah Park also included two trials for the February 28 Sunshine State Derby. Premier Ethics, ridden by Jose Ruiz, was easily the fastest of the 10 runners to qualify for the money run in two weeks, taking the second trial in a time of 19.701 for 400 yards.
Rogelio Martinez, who is the breeder of Premier Ethics, saddled the sorrel filly –the daughter of Ethics Aside-Poker Pot Dash– for owner Renata Lopez.
Six of the 8 horses in the Premier Ethics heat qualified for the finals: Premier Ethics (19.701), Ima Fighting Gator (19.769), Jlcjazzslilbro (19.848), Easily Bono (19.878), Strait Away Lucy (20.278), and Cashin Cartel (20.421).
The remaining 4 qualifiers came out of the first trial: Thrilling Finish (20.149), Avian Runway (20.207), Gettin It On (20.274), and Fearghas (20.302).
Photos by: Coady Photography
FRANK FIORE / VP MARKETING & ENTERTAINMENT
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