HIALEAH PARK STARTS FINAL WEEKEND WITH 10-RACES SATURDAY, FOUR STAKES RACES ON CARD
Hialeah, FL / February 19, 2014 – Hialeah Park kicks off the final weekend of the 2013-14 live Quarter Horse season with a ten-race program starting at 12:35 PM ET on Saturday February 22.
The day’s events include four stakes races, starting with the 6th event on the card: the $20,000-added AQHA Maiden Challenge, the $30,000-guaranteed South Florida Quarter Horse Invitational, the $30,000-added Sunshine State Derby, and the $30,000-added Miami-Dade County Stakes.
The AQHA Maiden Challenge at 300 yards, for three-year-olds and up enrolled in the Bank of America Racing Challenge, drew an overflow field of 11, including last-out winners Accolady, Que Tipazo, Denim N Dash, Eagle Illusion, and Miss Jp Washer.
The South Florida Quarter Horse Invitational at 440 yards, for three-year-olds who did not qualify for the South Florida Quarter Horse Derby on closing day February 23, will match 8 runners including the lightly raced Donnie Strickland trainee Jz Fast Boy. The gelded son of Jess Zoomin-Shaded In Speed remains a maiden after three starts, but he served notice of his potential with a fast-closing second behind Eagles Magic in the December 29, 2013 $406,955 Hialeah Futurity, the richest Quarter Horse race even contested at this iconic South Florida track.
The Sunshine State Derby at 400 yards, for accredited Florida-bred foals of 2011, drew 10 horses including trial heat winners Jazzing Dreamer and Bold Six Love. Both winners posted impressive victories January 31, with Bold Six Love recording the fastest qualifying time of 19.662 seconds into an 8 MPH headwind.
The Miami-Dade County Stakes at 440 yards also drew 10 runners at entry time including three last-out winners in Arbeka Raincloud, First Royal Classic, and Dashing Manner. Of the three, Dashing Manner has had the most success at the classic American Quarter Horse distance with 3 wins in 7 tries at 440 yards. The nine-year-old gelding has won 5 times in 15 starts at Hialeah Park and 10 times in 56 lifetime outings.
Leading jockey and leading trainer honors remain up for grabs heading into the final 20 races of the meet. Jesse Levario leads the rider standings 42-41 over Omar Reyes with Oscar Delgado 5 wins back in third. Brandon Muniz holds a two-win edge (30-28) over Alfredo Gomez in the trainer standings.
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