January 26, 2012
Walter and Pat Fletcher’s Cmon Man has found a winning home a Hialeah Park and a solid spot for his first stakes win when he starts in the $20,000 Tallahassee Stakes for 3-year-olds over 250 yards on Saturday at the Florida track.
Cmon Man (Corona Cartel-Ima Ramblin Girl by First Down Dash) was winless in his first four career starts at Los Alamitos before taking a fall rest and surfacing at Hialeah Park this winter. He easily won his first Hialeah start against maiden company by a length and stepped up to the next class level to win by three-quarters of a length. Each of those wins came at 250 yards as the strong favorite for trainer Charlton Hunt.
Bobby Byrd’s Rapid Ivory (Ivory James-Rapid Fire Cash by First Down Laveaux) could gain favoritism in the Tallahassee with his solid stakes credentials. He scored two stakes wins last summer in Indiana when he won the $115,160 Heartland Futurity and the $109,400 Governor’s Stakes. In his two starts at Hialeah, he was fourth in the 220-yard Mockingbird Stakes and third in the 250-yard Biscayne Stakes.
The Orlando Orozco-owned and -trained Patti Corona Today (King Corona-Todays Market by Special Effort) won for a $5,000 claiming tag three starts ago at Evangeline Downs. He then made the successful jump to the stakes ranks two starts ago when he was second in the 220-yard Mockingbird Stakes in his first start at Hialeah.
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