HIALEAH MARATHON SERIES CONTINUES WITH KEY WEST, 8 SET TO TO 1000 YARDS AROUND HOOK
Hialeah, FL / January 23, 2014 – Hialeah Park’s new “Marathon Series” continues Sunday January 26 with the first running of the $40,000-added Key West Stakes at 1000 yards.
The initial edition of the Key West –a new race on the Hialeah Park stakes schedule for 2013-14– drew a field of 8 runners when entries were taken on Monday.
The cast will include Doyles Dashing Star (Heza Fast Dash-Georgia Wildcat), owned by Rachel Stephens and trained by Gene Stephens, winner of the Orange Blossom Stakes (550 yards) on opening day of the season.
The now-8YO mare was unable to follow up that win with a victory in the next two legs of the series as Joltin Jess took over and won both the Crystal River Stakes and the Moonstone stakes.
But, with the connections of Joltin Jess opting not to run “around the hook,” Doyles Dashing Star should have a good opportunity to rebound on the stretch-out.
The veteran runner –with lifetime earnings of $179,824 in 45 career starts, including 12 wins– has never tried the unique Hialeah Park distance of 1000 yards, but she has won –as recently as September 2013– at the traditional “hook distance” of 870 yards.
On paper, her stiffest competition figures to come from The Star Alert, who gave Joltin Jess a run for the money as a 22-1 outside in the Moonstone, and Apollo Ono, who scored at 1000 yards in an allowance race January 12.
The field for the 2014 Key West, from inside to outside, will be: Eyeontheline, Texas Vision, I Beat The Feet, Apollo Ono, Sassy Suzze, Trs Hotshot Adam, The Star Alert, and Doyles Dashing Star.
JOCKEY RACE TIGHT AFTER 8 WEEKS/209 RACES, TOP 4 FIGURE TO FIGHT FOR TITLE TO END OF MEET
Only 4 wins separate the top 4 jockeys in the Hialeah Park standings after 8 weeks and 209 races. Omar Reyes leads Oscar Delgado, the all-time leader in Quarter Horse victories at this historic racing venue, by one at 29-28.
They are four wins up on Jesse Levario and Rodrigo Vallejo, who have 25 wins each. The top four riders have accounted for 107 of the 209 wins at the meet, which computes to 51% of all races run here so far this season.