Jessies First Down Grabs Maturity, Seize The Win Takes Derby
Hialeah, FL / January 18, 2015 – The four-year-old gelding Jessies First Down and the three-year-old colt Seize the Win were the stars of a stakes-studded Sunday afternoon at iconic Hialeah Park, known the globe over as “the world’s most beautiful race course.”
Jessies First Down, ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo and trained by Judd Kearl for owner/breeder Ted G. Abrams of Texas, prevailed by a neck in the $204,715 Hialeah Maturity over runner-up Quick Dynasty and covered 440 yards in 21.350 seconds. The winner, by Fdd Dynasty out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess a Classy Lassy, scored his first career victory and earned $85,980 for the winning connections.
The official order of finish in the 2015 Hialeah Maturity was: Jessies First Down, Quick Dynasty, Daytona B, Dashin for a Prize, Max Cartel, El Macho Prieto Boy, Royal Fast Jess, Pruittized, Gals Gotta Sizzle, and Cautionsly.
Seize the Win, ridden by Shanley Jackson and trained by Matt Frazier for owner Glen Graff, broke alertly, took command immediately, and was never threatened in his one-length victory over Moonin the Eagle in the $417,575 Hialeah Derby. He stopped the timer in 19.272 seconds for 400 yards as he recorded his third consecutive victory. Seize the Win, by Pyc Paint Your Wagon out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess an Illusion, earned top prize money of $175,381.
The final order of finish in the 2015 Hialeah Derby was : Seize the Win, Moonin the Eagle, Red Corona Warrior, A Black Zipper, Kitty Kat Galore B, Mr El R 15, Allazoom, Tlc Moonshine Wagon, Denim Jeans, and Bp Run Cartel Run.
Sunday’s nine-race program at Hialeah Park, which attracted a festive crowd of 3,143 and garnered $406,762.74 in all-sources handle, included two other stakes events, the $112,910 FQHRA Stallion Stakes Derby and the $27,250 Moonstone Stakes.
The Kearl/Vallejo tandem proved victorious in the $112,910 FQHRA Stallion Stakes Derby as owner Shawn McCain’s Last Man Standing hit the wire first in a driving five-horse finish. Eat The Fish grabbed second, Jmf Jess Shameful took third, Hayjay got 4th, and Game Rita 5th, with the final margins a neck, a nose, a neck, and a head.
In the Moonstone, the second leg of the Hialeah Distance Series, post time favorite Emperor Valerian drew clear late under confident handling by jockey Alex Baldillez, Jr. to beat The Star Alert by one-half length at the wire. The winner covered the unique 660 yards of the Moonstone in 32.370 seconds.