FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Record Mutuel Handle Monday As All-Sources Total Hits $597,070
El Macho Prieto Boy Prevails In Speedball, Fast Flyin Fireball Tops FQHRA Derby Qualifiers
Hialeah, FL / December 28, 2015 – The 2015-16 live racing season at Hialeah Park is now officially off to a record-breaking start. After a solid first two days of pari-mutuel wagering action, this iconic racing venue posted a new record for the all-sources handle on a single Quarter Horse card in Florida, with a grand total of $597,070 wagered on the eight-race program on Monday December 28.
The final amount was almost $17,000 better than the previous record of $580,372, a mark set on Sunday March 1, 2015 during the final weekend of the 2014-15 season.
“We’d like to thank everyone nationwide for their continued support of racing at Hialeah Park,” said Director of Simulcasting/Track Announcer Peter Aiello. “We’re confident that the combination of our takeout structure and competitive racing makes us a great bet for all horseplayers. Of course, we want to extend our thanks to TVG for their valued cooperation and support of Hialeah Park!”
On the racetrack, El Macho Prieto Boy broke sharply, dueled, and prevailed by a head over Llano Cartel in the featured $22,125 Speedball Stakes at 110 yards, the first event in the three-race Hialeah Park Sprint Series.
Gerardo Garrido was aboard the four-year-old North Carolina-bred colt for trainer Jesus Garrido and owner M & G Farms, Inc. The winner, a son of Hard Hitting-Silk Traffic, tallied his 5th lifetime victory and 4th win at Hialeah Park to earn the top share of $13,275. The winner’s paycheck drove El Macho Prieto Boy’s lifetime earnings to $60,735.
The first-place finisher was timed in 7.014 for the ultra-short race distance as two heads and three necks separated the first six finishers. After El Macho Prieto Boy and Llano Cartel, the remaining order of finish was Spit Curl Daisy, Game Rita, Cruise By Diva, Load Your Guns, and Air Born Leader.
Monday’s card also included three trials for the $50,000-added FQHRA Stallion Stakes Derby on Sunday January 17, 2016. Fast Flyin Fireball, ridden by Benito Baca for trainer Donnie Strickland and owner Adina Baker, edged Foust by a nose in the middle heat and earned fastest qualifier honors with a time of 18.168 seconds for 350 yards.
The Top 10 qualifiers for the final, with trainers and times, are: Fast Flyin Fireball (Strickland) 18.168, Foust (Gonzalez) 18.173, Who Jack (Concepcion) 18.204, Country Mans Jazz (Robinson) 18.225, Ahs Uncle Si (Kearl) 18.420, Jess Strong (Kearl) 18.563, Blushing First Down (Garrido) 18.563, Kittyna (Kearl) 18.566, Watch My Wallet Loto (Weidner) 18.638, and Mister Swagger James (Martinez) 18.652.
JOHN HERNANDEZ / DIRECTOR OF RACING NEWS & PUBLICITY
Jhernandez@hialeahpark.com / (305) 885-8000
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