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January 22, 2012
Trainer Ricardo Martinez, who entered the day with five wins from just 23 starters, was a perfect two-for-two on Sunday at Hialeah Park, sending out longshot Jess Phenomenal to victory in the $22,500 Banyan Tree Stakes and coming back two races later to score in the $22,500 City Of Hialeah Stakes with Freaking.
But the real buzz trackside came after Sunday’s $27,000 Moonstone Stakes, in which Skyline Lover, previously undefeated in six local starts, was disqualified after an apparent two-length victory over Flyin Fish in the 660-yard marathon down the historic Widener chute. The stewards posted the inquiry sign immediately after Skyline Lover crossed the finish line and, after receiving additional objections from one jockey and two trainers, ruled that the original first-place finisher had interfered with both Flyin Fish and Louisianafeature One. Revising the order of finish, the judges placed Skyline Lover eighth and last behind Louisianafeature One.
Recapping the stakes races, Logans Dash (Toast To Dash – Logans Game, by Game Patriot), saddled by Manuel Mata and ridden by Jeremy Garcia, scored a solid win over Okey Dokey Diamond in the $22,250 Miami-Dade County Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The winner was clocked in :15.428 for 300 yards and earned $13,350 for owner Annibal Hernandez. Triple M Farms LLC bred Logans Dash in Louisiana.
Jess Phenomenal (Feature Mr Jess – Miss Mighty Casady, by Casady Casanova), sent postward at 13-1, was up in the final jump under Francisco Ramirez Jr. to win the Banyan Tree over Bold Badon. The 7-year-old gelding covered 250 yards in :13.137 and earned $13.500 for his owner Alejandro Medina. The winner was bred in Arizona by Celina Molina.
After the change in the $27,000 Moonstone, the victory went to Flyin Fish (Fishers Dash – Jazzing Cheree, by Jazzing Hi), who was saddled by Richard Sedillo and ridden by Brian Theriot. The winner’s share of $16,200 went to the Double Eagle Ranch Inc. and Buena Suerte Equine. The gelding was bred in California by Vessels Stallion Farm LLC and P.K. Thomas.
In the City Of Hialeah, Freaking (TR Dasher – Chickasis, by Chicks Beduino) was all out under leading rider Alex Baldillez Jr. to tally by a neck over Opportunity Zooms, with Jesse In Town another length back in third. The victor, owned and trained by Ricardo Martinez, ran 400 yards in :19.565 and earned $13,500. Edward C. Allred bred the winner in California.
The total mutuel handle for the 20th day of the 2011-2012 Quarter Horse season was $170,816 with a raucous crowd estimated at 4,000 witnessing the day’s proceedings.
Live racing resumes at Hialeah Park on Friday, January 27, with a nine-race program scheduled for a 2:25 p.m. ET start. South Florida’s historic racing emporium is now open five days a week, offering full-card simulcast wagering from the top Thoroughbred tracks around the nation Wednesday through Sunday.
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