FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Ocean King Wins City of Hialeah For 2nd Straight Stakes Tally
Winner Scores Second Stakes Victory in January For The Ocean King Syndicate,
Tallahassee Stakes Declared “No Contest” And Rescheduled For Monday February 2
Hialeah, FL / January 25, 2015 – The Ocean King, a gray four-year-old colt by Corona Cartel out of Runaway Wave, broke sharply under jockey Shanley Jackson, gained the lead inside the final 100 yards, and held off the charge of 5-2 post time favorite Mesa Marvel to win Sunday’s $27,250 City of Hialeah Stakes at 400 yards.
The winner, trained by Matt Frazier for the Ocean King Syndicate of breeder Gary Lucas, hit the wire a nose in front of the runner-up and stopped the timer in 19.555 seconds. Mesa Marvel finished 1-¼ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Texelkas Chic. It was another length back to fourth-place runner Paint Candy Flying.
After the race, winning rider Jackson said, “I was hoping he’d get a good toe-hold out of the gate, he did, and I knew we had a big shot from there.”
Lucas, asked about sending the talented colt from Los Alamitos in California to Hialeah Park, commented, “I felt like he could do well here. He had some injuries to get through at Los Al, he’s over them now, and he’s really showing us what he can do. We’d like to give him one more race and maybe earn a spot in the Hialeah Invitational.”
Just two weeks ago, The Ocean King tallied the first stakes victory of his career when he won Hialeah Park’s $27,500 Signature Stakes at 300 yards.
The Ocean King earned the winner’s share of $16,350 for his City of Hialeah Stakes win, his 4th victory in his 12th career start, and upped his lifetime earnings to $57,350.
The official order of finish in the 2015 City of Hialeah Stakes was: The Ocean King, Mesa Marvel, Texelkas Chic, Paint Candy Flying, Nomomonkeybizness, Carters Disco, Dreamnwideopen, and Cakebread and Thou.
Sunday’s other scheduled stakes race at Hialeah Park, the Tallahassee Stakes at 220 yards, was declared a “no contest” because of a starting gate malfunction. The race has been rescheduled for Monday February 2 and post positions for the 8 horses that went to the gate will be drawn at entry time Monday January 26.
FRANK FIORE / VP MARKETING & ENTERTAINMENT
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