TOP QUALIFIER DASH MASTER JESS STRONG AGAIN IN $227,260 HIALEAH DERBY SCORE
The 3YO sorrel gelding Dash Master Jess, a commanding fastest qualifier out of the trials three weeks ago, validated his status with a strong one-length victory over game runner-up Habits Secret in Sunday’s $227,260 Hialeah Derby.
Owned by Cesar Rosales, trained by Rolando Almanza, and ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo, the 2010 son of Mr Jess Perry (Streakin La Jolla)-Dash Master Miss (Dash For Destiny) collared Habits Secret in the final 100 yards and withstood a late charge from third-place finisher Joker On Jack, a stakes winner at Hialeah Park last season and the winner of the Refrigerator Handicap at Lone Star Park in late September.
Dash Master Jess scored for the 6th time this year in his 12th and final start of 2013, stopping the timer in a very fast 21.264 seconds for the American Quarter Horse classic distance of 440 yards, just .012 of a second short of the track record at Hialeah Park of 21.252, set by Hez Fastforthecash on January 23, 2011.
The winner –bred in Texas by Scarlett Hill Farm, Inc.– earned $95,449 for his connections and upped his lifetime earnings to $154,725.
The official order of finish, including money won, for the 2013 Hialeah Futurity was: Dash Master Jess (95,449), Habits Secret ($40,907), Joker On Jack ($27,271), I See Visions ($20,454), Hey List ($13,636), Rawhide Creek ($9,090), Panther Speed ($6,818), Stormy Cartel ($4,545), Dreamnwideopen ($4,545), and Scouts Diva ($4,545).