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Favorites Fall in Hialeah Stakes

Mild upsets in both stakes on the penultimate day of racing at Florida track.

February 16, 2013

Hialeah Park on Saturday presented a pair of American Quarter Horse stakes with the favorite running second in both events.

In the $46,200 Sunshine State Derby, 5-2 second choice AHS Ironsmash scored by a neck over even-money favorite Gettin Famous. Ridden by Shanley Jackson for trainer Matt Frazier and Alicia L. Hill Smith, AHS Ironsmash dashed 400 yards in :19.623.

This marked the first start of the year for the Georiga-bred gelding by the First Down Dash stallion Gridiron. AHS Ironsmash won half of his four starts last year with a maiden victory and allowance score at Delta Downs. He earned $19,404 for this victory to push his lifetime bankroll to $31,474. AHS Ironsmash is out of the Eternal Jet Stream mare Smashingly Beautiful.

Gene Cox’s Gettin Famous, a Florida-bred gelding by One Famous Eagle, had the lead for most of the race and finished a clear second, 2 ½ lengths in front of third-place finisher Piranhaaa.

In the $20,000 South Florida Invitational Stakes, Donald Ming’s homebred I See Visions won by a half-length over 2-1 favorite Hez Snow Quick, who hit the outside rail during the race. Sent off at 6-1 with Troy Crissup aboard for conditioner Grover Wheeler Jr., the Florida-bred colt by One Famous Eagle picked up $12,000 for the win and has now banked $39,220 in his career. He clocked 440 yards in :21.818.

I See Visions, who is out of the Dash For Cash mare Vision Of Dash, spent last year in Louisiana where he picked up three wins at Delta Downs and Evangeline Downs in the barn of Vann Haywood. He finished fifth in his trial for the South Florida Derby and did not make the final but was fast enough to make it into the South Florida Invitational.

“He was real helpful; he said he was an easy horse to get along with,” said Wheeler of former trainer Haywood. “[The horse] just shipped in a little late for the trial. He needed a little time to get settled in.

“He does everything good; he’s just a nice horse to be around,” added Wheeler, who expects the horse to go on to the Old South or Firecracker Derby at Delta Downs.

Dan Frazier’s Hez Snow Quick, a gelding by Wave Carver, pushed his bankroll to nearly $60,000 with his second-place finish. Alejandro Medina’s Stormy Cartel took the show spot for the third time in as many starts this year.