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QUICK DYNASTY, DASH MASTER JESS NAB CLOSING DAY STAKES WINS; MUNIZ, LEVARIO TAKE TITLES
Hialeah, FL / February 23, 2014 – Martin Reynoza’s three-year-old gelding Quick Dynasty and Cesar Rosales’s four-year-old colt Dash Master Jess were the big stakes winners on Sunday’s closing day program at Hialeah Park as this iconic South Florida track, known by millions of fans as “the world’s most beautiful race course,” drew the curtain down on the 2013-14 live Quarter Horse season.
Quick Dynasty, by Fdd Dynasty-Royal Quick Glass, defeated Pyc First Prize Fany by 1-1/2 lengths to win the $183,295 South Florida Quarter Horse Derby. Saddled by leading trainer Brandon Muniz and ridden by leading rider Jesse Levario, Quick Dynasty posted his 4th victory of the 2013-14 Hialeah Park season and became the only four-time winner of the meet. He was still a maiden when he won a trial for the December 29 Hialeah Futurity. The gelding finished a disappointing 8th in the futurity, but has rebounded with three straight wins to start 2014. Quick Dynasty was clocked in a time of 21.550 seconds for 440 yards and earned a winner’s share of $84,315.
Eight runners contested the 2014 South Florida Quarter Horse Derby after the scratches of Big Time Jp and Beattie Feathers, finishing in the following order: Quick Dynasty, Pyc First Prize Fany, Eye Get The Blues, Pruittized, Furyofthesea, Max Cartel, Corona Sportiness, and Eagles Magic.
One race later, in an emotional 1st edition of the $100,000-guaranteed Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational, Dash Master Jess, by Mr Jess Perry- Dash Master Miss, came charging late and held off the closing Dashing Beduino by a neck to register his 3rd victory of the 2013-14 Hialeah park season. Dash Master Jess stopped the timer in 21.601 seconds for 440 yards and garnered the winner’s share of $60,000.
Trainer Rolando Almanza had originally named Ricky Ramirez to ride Dash Master Jess, but turned to veteran local jockey Shanley Jackson when Ramirez was unable to take the call. Jackson was scheduled to ride Joltin Jess in the race, but Matt Frazier –trainer of the multiple stakes-winner– decided to withdraw his gelding from the race at morning scratch time.
The official order of finish in the 2014 Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational, reduced to 9 runners when Habits Secret was scratched at the starting gate, was: Dash Master Jess, Dashing Beduino, Jazz Be First, Texelkas Chic, Feature My News, Coppers Fit, Sure Shot B, Freaking, and Mi Angela.
Sunday’s ten-race program also included the $52,000 Sailfish Stakes at 1,000 yards, won by 22-1 outsider Reds Casino under jockey Alex Gonzalez for trainer Marcus Strickland and the $21,100 Roble Rojo Bonus Challenge at 300 yards, won by Madrecita under jockey Luis Guerrero for trainer John Stinebaugh.
Trainer Muniz recorded his 34th victory of the meet when Quick Dynasty won the South Florida Quarter Horse Derby. He finished four wins up on Alfredo Gomez (34-30) and tallied his second consecutive training title at Hialeah Park. Jockey Levario chalked up a riding double on closing day to finish three up on Omar Reyes (47-44).
Secretariat Birthday Celebration to be Held at The Meadow in Virginia on March 29, 2014 - Event Honors Legendary Champion and the Men who Rode Him
Feb. 17, 2014 - DOSWELL, VA – It’s been almost 44 years since legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat was born at The Meadow on March 30, 1970, and legions of devoted fans are still celebrating the birthday of “America’s Super Horse.”
The annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow in Doswell, Virginia will offer fans a triple treat on Saturday, March 29, reuniting the three men who rode “Big Red” at the peak of his spectacular racing career. Slated to appear at the event are Hall of Fame jockeys Ron Turcotte and Eddie Maple and exercise rider Charlie Davis. It will be the first time all three men have been together at Secretariat’s birthplace in Virginia.
Turcotte piloted the legendary Thoroughbred to his unforgettable Triple Crown victory in 1973, breaking the track records in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. He also guided Meadow champion Riva Ridge to glory in the 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont.
Maple rode Secretariat to victory in his final race, the Canadian International at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. He also was aboard Riva Ridge in a second place effort to Secretariat in the prestigious 1973 Marlboro Cup. Davis exercised Secretariat during his morning gallops and developed his own close relationship with the great horse.
Joining the gathering will be Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery and co-author of the award-winning Secretariat’s Meadow - The Land, The Family, The Legend and Riva Ridge – Penny’s First Champion, which she wrote with Leeanne Meadows Ladin. Ladin, as author/ historian, is now Secretariat tourism manager at The Meadow.
The Meadow Birthday Celebration has become a tradition and anticipated occasion for Big Red fans who travel from across the country to enjoy the many festivities held in the historic and pastoral setting of Secretariat’s birthplace. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. Program highlights include:
- • autograph sessions with the Secretariat team, who will make a grand entrance at 11:30 a.m. escorted by members of the Caroline Hunt
- • extensive display of Secretariat merchandise and memorabilia for purchase
- • exclusive memorabilia display including the first training saddles worn by Secretariat and Riva Ridge
- • meeting local Secretariat descendants from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River
- • narrated tram tours of the farm featuring Secretariat’s original foaling shed
- • presentation of the horses and hounds of the Caroline Hunt
- • meet and greet with original Meadow Stable grooms and riders who worked at the farm in its heyday
- • pony rides and moon bounce for children
- • local vendors selling equine-related items and Virginia products; and much more.
New this year is an Open House for the Museum of the Virginia Horse and the Meadow Champions Galleries in the Meadow Hall mansion. The museum exhibit illustrates the history of the horse in Virginia since Colonial times. The Meadow Champions Galleries showcase the famous broodmares and racehorses of Meadow Stable as well as the 1972-73 Triple Crown races of Secretariat and Riva Ridge.
At 5 p.m., the Secretariat team will be on hand for a VIP reception in Meadow Hall mansion. At 6 p.m., there will be an exclusive screening of the film “Secretariat’s Jockey – Ron Turcotte,” followed by Q&A with the team. Capping off the festivities at 8 p.m. will be the first ever Champagne Birthday Toast, which will take place at Secretariat’s original foaling shed with Turcotte, Maple, Davis and Tweedy. Celebrants will sip in style with an exclusive commemorative champagne glass.
General admission tickets for the Secretariat Birthday Celebration are $12 in advance; $15 at the gate; $5 for children age 5 to 12 and free for children age 4 and younger. The ticket includes the narrated tram tour of the farm. Parking is free.
Additional ticket packages are available for the VIP reception, film and champagne toast. Seating is limited for the special events. See http://www.secretariatsmeadow.com/all-events/ for more program information and to order advance tickets. The Secretariat Birthday Celebration also kicks off a new expanded tourism program at The Meadow. Narrated tram tours and walking tours of the farm, featuring the historic barns, the new museum and galleries, and a gift shop, will be available by reservation. See www.secretariatsmeadow.com for more information on the tours.
Commonwealth Fairs & Events (CF&E) of Virginia and Secretariat.com of Louisville, Kentucky are once again co-hosting the Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow. CF&E owns and operates Meadow Event Park and the State Fair of Virginia. Secretariat.com is the official website for the legendary Thoroughbred champion and oversees the development and management of Secretariat-related merchandise and events. Major sponsorship is provided by the Virginia Horse Industry Board, which is responsible for the promotion and economic development of the horse industry in Virginia. The Meadow Event Park is located off I-95 at exit 98 (Doswell) 1.5 miles east of King’s Dominion theme park.
The Best of the Best Are Slated for Equine Affaire’s 2014 Fantasia in Ohio
London, OH – January 16, 2014 – Tickets are already selling briskly for Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse—the Fantasia—which will return to the coliseum of the Ohio Expo Center on April 10th to the 12th. For more than 15 years the Fantasia has been a highlight of Equine Affaire in Ohio and an event that has been both the model and trendsetter for other equestrian entertainment events around the nation.
The 2014 Fantasia will provide the perfect ending to a perfect day of learning, shopping, and absorbing all things horse-related at Equine Affaire. Equestrian performers will be traveling to Columbus from throughout the United States with horses of a variety of breeds and acts choreographed to musical styles ranging from traditional and country to classical and contemporary. As veteran Fantasia-goers have come to expect, the show will highlight the brilliance, grace, and athleticism of horses and demonstrate the spirit, willingness, and intelligence that horse people cherish most in their equine companions.
“The Fantasia is always a special opportunity to see some incredible horses and riders and witness some unforgettable performances,” said Eugenia Snyder, President of Equine Affaire. “In addition to enjoying the beauty and excitement of the various performances that make up the show, we have to marvel at the range of skills that horses possess, their extraordinary trainability, and their willingness to perform and excel in so many ways. The Fantasia is much more than equestrian entertainment—it’s truly a testament to the heart and soul of the amazing animals we love.”
The program for the 2014 Fantasia will include several of the most popular elements and disciplines featured at previous shows including freestyle reining and dressage, Roman riding, liberty acts, and drill team routines. This year’s Fantasia will include performances that will cover the emotional gamut from the dramatic to the comedic, and Fantasia-goers can be prepared to be “moved,” amazed, and made to laugh.
Among the headliners for the 2014 Fantasia are two of the top liberty horse trainers in the business: Guy McLean and Tommie Turvey. Guy McLean will present his “signature” four-horse liberty act which really must be seen to be believed—while Tommie Turvey will Roman ride a team of horses over a fire jump and engage his infamous paint horse, Poker Joe, in a battle of the wits. Other performers slated for the show include the award-winning Canadian Cowgirls drill team, Christine Drentwett and Caroline Williams (who will perform a garrocha pas de deux), Jeff Wilson presenting cowboy dressage aboard his exquisite Morgan stallion, Delview Catskill Valiant, and a host of other distinguished riders and handlers and unforgettable horses both large and small. The 2014 Fantasia will be a show that horse-loving Fantasia goers won’t soon forget.
The 2014 Fantasia is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Buckeye Nutrition, a leading manufacturer of premium equine nutritional products. The doors to the Ohio Expo Center coliseum will open for the Fantasia at 7:00 each evening and the show will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets range in price from $12 to $25 plus shipping and handling. Advance tickets may be purchased through March 31st online with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) at www.equineaffaire.com or by calling (740) 845-0085. Because of the event’s popularity, most tickets for the performances will sell out in advance. Any tickets not sold in advance will go on sale at 9:00am on Thursday, April 10th at the Information Booth in the Bricker Building at Equine Affaire.
Equine Affaire will take place April 10-13 at the Ohio Expo Center and offer an unparalleled program of clinics, seminars, and demonstrations; the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition; a Youth Pavilion; a Breed Pavilion and Horse & Farm Exhibits; the Marketplace consignment area; a new Hobby Farms Pavilion; and the largest horse-related trade show in the nation. Show hours will be 9:00am–7:00pm on Thursday-Saturday and 9:00am–5:00pm on Sunday. General admission tickets include access to all clinics, seminars, and demos as well as the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition and are priced as follows: Adults: $15/day or $50/four-day pass; Children 7–10: $8/day or $28/four-day pass; Children 6 and under: Free. Tickets for both the Fantasia and Equine Affaire can be purchased by calling (740) 845-0085 weekdays from 9:00am–5:00pm Eastern or by visiting www.equineaffaire.com. The Ohio Expo Center will charge for parking.