LEVARIO CLAIMS FIRST RIDING TITLE, MUNIZ REPEATS AS TOP TRAINER, QUICK DYNASTY WINS FOUR
Hialeah, FL / February 24, 2014 – Jockey Jesse Lee Levario, riding his first season at Hialeah Park, and trainer Brandon Muniz, the defending top conditioner, were crowned Sunday afternoon as the meet leaders for the 5th season of live Quarter Horse racing at Hialeah Park.
Levario battled “tooth-and-nail” with Omar Reyes for most of the 2013-14 season before winning 12 races over the last 6 days to pull clear and finish with a 49-44 advantage in the standings, recording his first-ever meet title.
Levario booted home 49 of his 171 mounts on the season to win with 29% of his starters, while finishing in-the-money at a 56% clip, and recording a 35% return-on-investment for his loyal horseplayers.
Rodrigo Vallejo finished 3rd in the standings with 37 wins, while Oscar Delgado, the all-time leader in Quarter Horse jockey wins at Hialeah Park finished in 4th place with 36 victories.
Delgado, who was riding full-time at Hialeah Park in 2013-14 after missing all of the 2012-13 season as he pursued options in Thoroughbred racing, leads all QH riders at this historic racing venue in most of the major statistical categories including 762 total mounts, 135 wins, 111 seconds, 96 thirds, and $1,593,082 money won.
Muniz followed up his 32-win 2012-13 season with 36 victories in the 2013-14 season, 6 better than 2nd place trainer Alfredo Gomez.
With just two seasons under his belt at Hialeah Park, Muniz has moved quickly into 3rd place in the all-time Quarter Horse trainer standings at Hialeah Park with his 68 victories, trailing only leader Donnie Strickland (90) and Charlton Hunt (81).
Muniz and his first-call rider Levario combined to win 5 stakes races during the season, including 4 closing-weekend events: the AQHA Maiden Challenge (Miss Jp Washer), the South Florida Quarter Horse Invitational (Beduinosfirstrunaway), the Miami-Dade County Stakes (Straightfromtheheart), and the South Florida Quarter Horse Derby (Quick Dynasty).
Only one horse, Quick Dynasty, won as many as 4 races during the season, while 9 horses won three times at the meet. Hialeah Futurity winner Eagles Magic topped all horses in money won this season with $186,527.
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