Favorites Take Hialeah Stakes

Two dominant winners score in Sunday stakes doubleheader.

February 3, 2013

Hialeah Park on Sunday hosted a pair of stakes events, and both were won by favorites in dominating fashion. In the $22,250 Moonstone Stakes at 660 yards, 6-5 choice Doyles Dashing Star overcame a rough trip and jockey Omar Reyes losing his whip to score by 1 ¼ lengths in a time of :32.476.

Bred in Georgia and running for lessee Rachael Stephens, the 7-year-old daughter of Heza Fast Dash picked up her first and only other stakes win in last year’s Virgil Bond 870 Stakes at Delta Downs. The mare, who is trained by Gene Stephens, has placed in four other stakes events from distances of 550 to 870 yards. She has now won nine of 36 career starts with lifetime earnings of $125,813.

Airizon, a daughter of Thoroughbred stallion Tale of the Cat, took second in her first attempt against stakes foes. Call Me Sundown, who won the 660-yard Crystal River Stakes last time out at Hialeah, crossed the wire third.

In the $22,750 Sawgrass Stakes going 440 yards, 9-10 favorite Joltin Jess scored an easy 1 ¾-length victory in a time of :21.417 with Shanley Jackson aboard for trainer Matt Frazier. Bred in Oklahoma by Circle S Ranch Inc. and owned by Glenn Graff, Joltin Jess recorded his second stakes win at Hialeah after taking last year’s Orange Blossom Stakes at 550 yards.

As a 2-year-old, Joltin Jess finished a close fifth in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and in his first start of his 5-year-old season this year took third in the City of Hialeah Stakes. He also finished second in last year's All American Congress Maturity at Beulah Park. All told, the gelding has won five times in 14 starts with a bankroll of $133,174.

Terri and Bennie Jeter’s Executive Prince, a gelding by Executive Menace who won two stakes last year, chased the winner all the way and finished second. Eyeowa Cyclone, a veteran of 44 starts who has 12 wins but had never hit the board in a stakes, took third.