QUICK DYNASTY, DASH MASTER JESS NAB CLOSING DAY STAKES WINS; MUNIZ, LEVARIO TAKE TITLES
Hialeah, FL / February 23, 2014 – Martin Reynoza’s three-year-old gelding Quick Dynasty and Cesar Rosales’s four-year-old colt Dash Master Jess were the big stakes winners on Sunday’s closing day program at Hialeah Park as this iconic South Florida track, known by millions of fans as “the world’s most beautiful race course,” drew the curtain down on the 2013-14 live Quarter Horse season.
Quick Dynasty, by Fdd Dynasty-Royal Quick Glass, defeated Pyc First Prize Fany by 1-1/2 lengths to win the $183,295 South Florida Quarter Horse Derby. Saddled by leading trainer Brandon Muniz and ridden by leading rider Jesse Levario, Quick Dynasty posted his 4th victory of the 2013-14 Hialeah Park season and became the only four-time winner of the meet. He was still a maiden when he won a trial for the December 29 Hialeah Futurity. The gelding finished a disappointing 8th in the futurity, but has rebounded with three straight wins to start 2014. Quick Dynasty was clocked in a time of 21.550 seconds for 440 yards and earned a winner’s share of $84,315.
Eight runners contested the 2014 South Florida Quarter Horse Derby after the scratches of Big Time Jp and Beattie Feathers, finishing in the following order: Quick Dynasty, Pyc First Prize Fany, Eye Get The Blues, Pruittized, Furyofthesea, Max Cartel, Corona Sportiness, and Eagles Magic.
One race later, in an emotional 1st edition of the $100,000-guaranteed Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational, Dash Master Jess, by Mr Jess Perry-Dash Master Miss, came charging late and held off the closing Dashing Beduino by a neck to register his 3rd victory of the 2013-14 Hialeah park season. Dash Master Jess stopped the timer in 21.601 seconds for 440 yards and garnered the winner’s share of $60,000.
Trainer Rolando Almanza had originally named Ricky Ramirez to ride Dash Master Jess, but turned to veteran local jockey Shanley Jackson when Ramirez was unable to take the call. Jackson was scheduled to ride Joltin Jess in the race, but Matt Frazier –trainer of the multiple stakes-winner– decided to withdraw his gelding from the race at morning scratch time.
The official order of finish in the 2014 Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational, reduced to 9 runners when Habits Secret was scratched at the starting gate, was: Dash Master Jess, Dashing Beduino, Jazz Be First, Texelkas Chic, Feature My News, Coppers Fit, Sure Shot B, Freaking, and Mi Angela.
Sunday’s ten-race program also included the $52,000 Sailfish Stakes at 1,000 yards, won by 22-1 outsider Reds Casino under jockey Alex Gonzalez for trainer Marcus Strickland and the $21,100 Roble Rojo Bonus Challenge at 300 yards, won by Madrecita under jockey Luis Guerrero for trainer John Stinebaugh.
Trainer Muniz recorded his 34th victory of the meet when Quick Dynasty won the South Florida Quarter Horse Derby. He finished four wins up on Alfredo Gomez (34-30) and tallied his second consecutive training title at Hialeah Park. Jockey Levario chalked up a riding double on closing day to finish three up on Omar Reyes (47-44).
Hialeah Park ended the 2013-14 season with another record-breaking day at the mutuel windows on Sunday. With an ebullient crowd of 5,000 (est) fans on track putting $110,593 through the wickets and off-track wagering generating another $402,407, the all-sources total handle reached $513,000, almost $30,000 more than the $483,702 bet last Sunday.
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