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Muniz, Rincon Hot at Hialeah

Trainer Brandon Muniz and jockey Oscar Rincon win half of Hialeah’s four stakes.

January 20, 2013

Hialeah Park ran four stakes on Sunday’s card with trainer Brandon Muniz and jockey Oscar Rincon teaming to win two of the events.

In the first stakes of the day, Rincon and Muniz scored with Rancho Los Dos Potrillos LLC’s Honor Me Good in the $21,875 City of Hialeah Stakes for 3-year-olds and up going 400 yards. The Idaho-bred gelding by With Honors won by a half-length with a clocking of :19.515 as the 2-1 favorite.

Bred by Dennie Hill and Kent Taylor, Honor Me Good picked up his second career stakes win after taking the Intermountain Overnight Handicap in October 2008 at Los Alamitos. The gelding has placed in six other stakes, including four graded stakes. His record now stands at 36-12-11-3 with earnings of $214,719.

Richardo Martinez’s Freaking, who won the 350-yard Signature Stakes in his last out at Hialeah, finished second with Joltin Jess, also a stakes winner last time out at Hialeah, crossing the wire third.

Rincon and Muniz struck again with Salvador Pimienta’s Dont Tell Lila in the $23,500 Biscayne Stakes for 3-year-olds at 250 yards. The Teller Cartel gelding drew clear to win by a length in :13.156 at odds of 7-1.

Dont Tell Lila, who was bred by Mason King and Kim Kessinger in Colorado, broke his maiden on January 4 at Hialeah and picked up $14,100 for this win to push his bankroll to $23,340. The gelding had previously raced in New Mexico and Texas and is now two-for-two in Florida.

Natovas Courage, a recent allowance winner at Hialeah, nosed out Hiclass Fly to finish second.

In the $22,125 Crystal River Stakes at 660 yards, Lazaro Gonzalez’s Call Me Sundown held on to win by a neck over 3-5 favorite Doyles Dashing Star. The Darlon Mesa trainee stopped the timer at :32.551 with Osdany Leal in the irons.

This marked the first career stakes win for Call Me Sundown, who was bred in Louisiana by Ronald Webb and Donald Kelly. The 6-year-old gelding had not won since May 2010 but did finish a good second in a 660-yard allowance race last time out.

Favored Doyles Dashing Star, who beat Call Me Sundown last time out, just missed the win and was well clear for second. Cash At The Line, who won this race back in 2009, took third.

In the final stakes of the day, Bill Price’s homebred BPs Jumpin Frisco captured the $22,750 Beautiful Prairie Stakes at 250 yards. Troy Crissup rode the Oklahoma-bred gelding by Jumpn for trainer Brian Muse and clocked the distance in :13.119.

BPs Jumpin Frisco picked up his first career stakes victory last time out at Hialeah when he took the Tallahassee Stakes. His previous stakes experience includes a third in the Heritage Place Derby (G2), and he qualified to the All American Derby (G1) and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1). He has won six of 18 starts with a bankroll of $379,566.

Hesa Winner closed well to finish second and Logans Dash got up for third.