EAGLES MAGIF PROVES BEST IN THRILLING $406,955 HIALEAH FUTURITY
The sorrel 2YO filly Eagles Magic –owned by Vicente Contreras, trained by Rolando Almanza, and ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo– found her best stride late and rallied for a thrilling victory in Sunday’s $406,955 Hialeah Futurity, the richest Quarter Horse race ever contested at Hialeah Park.
The daughter of One Famous Eagle (Mr Jess Perry)-Dashing Folly (First Down Dash) finished a head in front of of Jz Fast Boy, the second-time starter and still-maiden gelding who finished second in the trials to top qualifier Jz Zoomin Cuervo.
Eagles Magic –bred in Texas by Burnett Ranches LLC– covered the American Quarter Horse classic distance of 440 yards in 21.642 seconds and earned $179,060 for the victory, which upped her lifetime earnings to $188,880.
The victory gave winning trainer Almanza and winning rider Vallejo a sweep of the day’s two major stakes races as they had combined on Hialeah Derby winner Dash Master Jess one race earlier.
The tally was the fourth consecutive win on the day for Vallejo, who went on to make it five straight wins when he piloted Dashing Menace to victory in the 9th and final race of the afternoon.
The official running order, including purse earnings, in the 2013 Hialeah Futurity was: Eagles Magic ($179,060), Jz Fast Boy ($73,252), Big Time Jp ($48,835), Oldsmobile Hill ($36,626), Pyc First Prize Fany ($24,417), Miss Southern Dd ($16,278), Jz Zoomin Cuervo ($12,209), Quick Dynasty ($8,139), and Pappasinthehouse ($8,139).
Tmf Cash Cartel was scratched, and his absence reduced the purse total from the original $409,250 to $406,955.