JOLTIN JESS STRETCHES OUT TO 660Y IN MOONSTONE, SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT WIN IN MARATHON SERIES
Hialeah, FL / January 3, 2014 – The hard-knocking veteran Joltin Jess, now a six-year-old after celebrating a birthday on New Year’s Day along with all other race horses, returns to action Sunday January 5 in Hialeah Park’s $30,000-added Moonstone Stakes at 660 yards.
Glenn Graff’s gelding has stamped himself as the top runner in the new Hialeah Marathon Series, especially after his eye-catching victory in the Crystal River Stakes on December 15, 2013.
The son of Take Off Jess (Mr Jess Perry)-Jettin Home (Pine’s Easter Jet) –bred in Oklahoma by Circle S Ranch– left his opposition in the dust in a dominating two-length victory and a blistering fast clocking of 26.033 seconds for 550 yards, a time that destroyed the track record for the distance by almost half a second.
That time was also .063 of a second faster that the world record for 550 yards of 26.096 set by Icu Cash at Zia Park in 2011, but the clocking remains under review by the American Quarter Horse Association.
Trainer Matt Frazier, who will give a leg up to jockey Shanley Jackson for the third consecutive race, reported that Joltin Jess has been training well since his Crystal River score.
“He’s ready to rock-and-roll. After we unsaddled him (on December 15), he did three laps around the test barn, he started jogging while we were cooling him out, and he was ready to run again.”
Frazier added, “I don’t think the extra 110 yards will be any problem for him. We made that equipment change (a new bit) after he was disqualified (from 2nd to 9th in the Orange Blossom Stakes) to keep him running straight. It worked, and he’ll be tough if he runs back to that last race.”
Joltin Jess will face seven foes in the Moonstone: Orange Blossom winner Doyles Dashing Star, Eyeontheline, Crystal River runner-up Jets Quick Fortune, More Nuggets, Bok Man, Lethal Volt, and The Star Alert.
After the Moonstone, the Hialeah Marathon Series culminates with two races “around the hook” at 1000 yards, the $40,000-added Key West Stakes on January 26 and the $50,000-added Sailfish on closing day February 23.
Hialeah Park will offer live racing four days this week, Friday through Monday. The Monday January 6 card was added after the track elected not to hold racing on December 22, 2013, the day international music legend Jose Feliciano performed in the Hialeah Park Amphitheatre.