Hunt Gets Hat Trick at Hialeah

Charlton Hunt wins six over weekend at Hialeah.

February 13, 2012

Leading trainer Charlton Hunt, whose barn had been struggling coming into the week at Hialeah Park, capped a six-win weekend with a Sunday “hat trick,” saddling first-race winner Violet Hills, fourth-race winner Ruby Sonnet, and ninth-race dead heat winner Signature Playgirl.

The victories give Hunt a three-win margin over the hard-charging Ralph Muniz, who has wrested away the second spot in the trainer standings from Guillermo Valdivia at the South Florida track.

In the jockey standings, leading rider Alex Baldillez, Jr. has effectively sealed the deal on a riding title as he holds a 19-win advantage, 41-22, over Oscar Delgado and Brian Theriot.

The total mutuel handle for the 29th day of the 2011-2012 Quarter Horse season was $201,555, with a hearty crowd estimated at 4,500 braving frigid mid-50s temperatures in Miami to witness the day’s festivities.

Live racing now moves into its final full week with a nine-race card on tap Friday February 17. The racing office expects to card ten-race programs for the final two days of the meet on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday’s closing day program will be highlighted by the $100,000-added South Florida Quarter Horse Derby and the $75,000-guaranteed Hialeah Invitational Championship. First post time on all three days will be at 2:05 p.m. EST.