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Dec 27th, 15
HIALEAH, FL—DECEMBER 27, 2015—Making her first start since winning the Gillespie Fair Futurity back in August, Shez A Hot Valentine raced to the fastest qualifying time on Sunday to the $390,935 Hialeah Park Derby (for foals of 2013).
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HIALEAH, FL—DECEMBER 27, 2015—Making her first start since winning the Gillespie Fair Futurity back in August, Shez A Hot Valentine raced to the fastest qualifying time on Sunday to the $390,935 Hialeah Park Derby (for foals of 2013).


The 10 fastest qualifiers will return to Hialeah Park on Sunday, January 17th to vie for the $164,192 winner's purse going at a distance of 400 yards. The final list of the top ten qualifiers for the prestigious Derby will not be official until Monday because three horses tied for the tenth and final spot.

Sheza A Hot Valentine comes for the barn of "red-hot" trainer Rolando Almanza, who in two days has won both stakes offered at the South Florida racetrack as well also saddling the fastest qualifier in yesterday's Hialeah Maturity trials.

http://www.stallionesearch.com/newsfiles/photos/ShezAHotVal_HDT_WC.jpgFrom left, FQHRA president Ron Smith, Julia Vandergrift, Carlene Smith, FQHRA board member Lee Jenkins, trainer Rolando Almanza and jockey Francisco R Ramirez, Jr, accept the Hialeah Derby trial blanket sponsored by StallioneSearch.com. © Coady Photography

Francisco Ramirez, Jr. rode Shez A Hot Valentine to a hard-fought head victory over I No Shes A Hot Mess in the first of six trials for the Hialeah Derby. The winner stopped the timer in :19.665 seconds for 400 yards, the runner-up recorded a time of :19.745, and those two clockings stood up as the 1-2 times for the remainder of the trial heats.

Sheza Hot Valentine, a California-bred daughter of leading sire Walk Thru Fire, has won three of five starts this season and earned $63,525. Jaime Flores owns the gray filly bred by Ron Hanna.

I No Shes A Hot Mess was the first of three qualifiers for Reed Land and Cattle Co., LLC and a possible four for trainer Kalah Welch. The homebred daughter of first crop sire Louisiana Senator was third in the Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational last summer. The Oklahoma homebred is from the Corona Caliente mare Dm Hot Hot Hot. Omar Reyes had the riding call.

Reed Land and Cattle's other two finalists 5th fastest Pryme Time and 10th fastest Fire Em Up Jess are owned in partnership with Leavings Racing LLC. Fire Em Up Jess will have to shake with V-ocom Bay and Finnick to determine the final gate.

The final trial was packed with stakes horses including a matchup between Oklahoma Futurity(G3) winner Tee Chic and Texas Classic Futurity(G1) fastest qualifier Ec Jet One.

Racing for owner/breeder Enrique Carrion, Ec Jet One defeated Tee Chic by a neck to post the third fastest time of :19.773 seconds. Judd Kearl conditions the son of first crop sire The Louisiana Cartel out of Perry Girl Perry, by Mr Jess Perry.

Francisco Garza's Tee Chic held for the fourth fastest clocking of :19.816. Making his first appearance since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 $1.17 million Heritage Futurity last June, Tee Chic bobbled the start under jockey Agustin Silva but recovered nicely to finish strong. R.L. "Rick" Robinson trains the Jumpn Chic colt that has earned over $226,800 in five career starts. He is out of the Burrs First Down mare First Down Tee.

For the complete list of Hialeah Derby finalists, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.

The second 10 fastest from today's trials will be preferred invites to the $30,000-Guaranteed Hialeah El Niño Stakes to run January 17. Following the shake on Monday, a list of those horses can be found in the Qualifiers Section of StallioneSearch.com.

The second 10 fastest qualifiers from today's trials will be preferred invites for the $30,000-Guaranteed Hialeah El Niño Stakes that will also be contested on January 17. For a complete list of those horses CLICK HERE.

A total of 54 horses ran in the six trials on Sunday afternoon’s nine-race program. Four scheduled starters in the trials for trainer Kasey Willis—The Fiscal Cliff, Streakin Pr, Bye Byefreighttrain, and First Prize Bonnie—were scratched because of licensing issues.

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