FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Star Alert Wins Marathon Key West Stakes At 1000 Yards
9YO Gelding Breaks Long Drought With First Win Since September Of 2013
Moonin The Eagle Tops 10 Qualifiers For March 1 South Florida QH Derby
Hialeah, FL / February 8, 2015 – Roman Correa’s The Star Alert, a nine-year-old gelding making his 48th lifetime start, was the convincing winner of Sunday’s marathon $32,000 Key West Stakes at Hialeah Park. The gray son of Beat the Feet-Lil Gamble Star hit the wire seven lengths in front of runner-up I Beat the Feet after dueling eventual fourth-place finisher Emperor Valerian –winner of the Orange Blossom Stakes and the Moonstone Stakes– into submission at the top of the stretch.
The Star Alert stopped the timer in 52.766 seconds for 1,000 yards after breaking alertly from his inside post position, running head-and-head with Emperor Valerian, and then surging well clear inside the final 250 yards. Jockey Yordanis Amaro rode the winner for trainer Sergio Concepcion. The Star Alert garnered the winner’s share of $19,200 for his 8th career victory and increased his lifetime earnings to $100,920.
The final running order in the 2015 Key West Stakes, the penultimate affair in the four-race Hialeah Marathon Series which culminates with The Sailfish Stakes at 1,000 yards on March 1, was: The Star Alert, I Beat the Feet, Steel Together, Emperor Valerian, Dashin Daily, Slinky Red, Reds Casino, and Ticket Me.
Earlier on the Sunday afternoon program, Gregorio Garcia Garza’s Moonin The Eagle (One Famous Eagle-Your First Moon) turned the tables on Hialeah Derby champion Seize The Win as those 1-2 finishers in the first of three trials topped the list of ten finalists for the March 1 $100,000-added South Florida Quarter Horse Derby at 440 yards.
Moonin The Eagle –ridden by Yordanis Amaro for trainer Rolando Almanza– surged past the front-running Seize The Win in the latter stages to record a time of 21.837 seconds. With the runner-up logging a time of 21.919 seconds, the top two were the only qualifiers under the 22-second mark.
The list of finalists, with times, for the 2015 South Florida Quarter Horse Derby are: Moonin The Eagle (21.837), Seize The Win (21.939), Louisiana Legends (22.022), Roaster (22.184), Girls Can Dash (22.207), De Mille (22.215), Ipolito (22.323), Red Corona Warrior (22.335), Dashing Clouds (22.372), and Jumpn Streak (22.396).
Photos by: Coady Photography
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