Doubleheader at Hialeah

Quarter Horses running short and long in Hialeah stakes doubleheader.

December 20, 2012

Junior’s Quarter Horses’ stakes winner Dreamers Cartel in the $20,000 Bienvenido De Nuevo Stakes at 350 yards and Rancho Los Dos Potrillos’ consistent veteran Honor Me Good in a contentious $20,000 Orange Blossom Stakes over 550 yards provide a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Hialeah Park.

Dreamers Cartel (Corona Cartel-Dreams Can Fly by Strawfly Special) makes her first appearance since winning the Merial Arapahoe Distaff Challenge back in July at the Colorado track. The Chris Gandarilla-trained mare won that stakes by 1 length after taking her trial by a nose.

JK Running Horses’ Jess A Runner (Jess Louisiana Blue-Katiebug Driver by My Designated Driver) returns to Hialeah after winning last season’s $75,000 Hialeah Invitational in his only start at the South Florida track. He held on for the neck win in that 440-yard stakes over Chi Ter while the classy mare Fredaville finished third.

In the Orange Blossom Stakes, Honor Me Good (With Honors-Miss Casady Lady by Casady Casanova) makes his first start at 550 yards after compiling a consistent record over 34 starts at shorter distances. The earner of nearly $200,000 has 11 wins, 11 second-place finishes and a pair of third-place runs.

Honor Me Good makes his first Hialeah start after winning a $20,200 allowance race and then finishing a very troubled seventh in the OQHRA Fall Classic, each at Will Rogers Downs.

Oscar Andrade’s Lord Azoom (Azoom-Lady Tenaya by Sixarun) also tries 550 yards for the first time after taking a $25,000 race at Prairie Meadows by a length on October 27. The Ricardo Martinez-trained gelding started the year in lower-priced claiming races at Los Alamitos and has successfully climbed up the class ladder throughout the year while finishing in the top two in six of nine starts.