Hialeah, FL / December 3, 2013 – A sizeable contingent of promising two-year-olds –64 in total– will compete for 10 starting spots in the prestigious $409,250 Hialeah Futurity during a seven-race series of trial heats at Hialeah Park on Saturday December 7.
The seven trials –carded as the 2nd–8th races on an eight-race program– will be contested at the classic American Quarter Horse distance of 440 yards, which will be a new experience for 49 of 64 hopefuls. The top 10 performers, by fastest times, will qualify for Hialeah Park’s richest-ever Quarter Horse race on December 29.
Five trainers, Brandon Muniz (with 6 horses entered), Brad Bolen (5), John Stinebaugh (5), Jesus Garrido (4), and Donnie Strickland (4) handle 24 of the 64 runners entered in the trials.
On paper, the most accomplished of the entrants appear to be M&G Farms, Inc.’s colt Oldsmobile Hill (2nd race) and Alma V. Chavez’s filly Fetching Beauty (6th race).
Oldsmobile Hill, a sorrel son of Separatist by Tahma Hawk, was bred in California by Steve Burns. He closed with a rush to win the $282,250 Valley Junction Futurity at Prairie Meadows (IA) in his most recent start October 11. That was his second outing –including a trials victory– for current trainer Jesus Garrido. Oldsmobile Hill has won 3 of his 6 lifetime starts, posted a high SI of 95, and earned $122,222.
“He’s doing well,” said Mauricio Montano of M&G Farms. “He came out of the Valley Junction Futurity well and we took him home to North Carolina for some time off. He’s ready to run again and he should like the distance.”
Fetching Beauty, a brown daughter of No Secrets Here by Jess Racy Eyes, was bred in California by John Andreini & Vince Genco. She has been off since May 11 after a trouble-filled defeat at Remington Park (OK). Trainer Sacramento Chavez saddled Fetching Beauty to an upset victory in the historic $325,000-added Oklahoma Futurity –also at Remington Park– on March 23. The filly boasts a high SI of 95 and $132,000 in career earnings.
Muniz, last season’s top trainer at Hialeah Park, will saddle 3 morning line favorites among his group of 6 runners. “I had my horses in Oklahoma for two or three weeks. We worked them there, shipped in, gave them time to get settled, and sent them back to work.” The conditioner added, “Big Time Jp (4th race) came to us from Los Alamitos (CA). He likes the warmer climate in Florida, his coat looks good, and he’s been training very well.”
Bolen was optimistic about his 5 horses. “I think they’re all live,” he said, “We only brought the ones we thought were good enough to qualify.” He elaborated, “Burningthenightaway (4th race), Isa Precious Patriot (5th race), and Surfins Easy (7th race) have the best shots. They all ran in some pretty tough trials at Ruidoso and Lone Star.”
JOHN HERNANDEZ / RACING NEWS & PUBLICITY