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Ec Jet One (#5) holds off Tee Chic (#8) and I No Shes A Hot Mess (#9) in the $390,935 Hialeah Derby Sunday afternoon at Hialeah Park.
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HIALEAH, FL—JANUARY 17, 2016—Ec Jet One took an earlier lead before holding off a late charge by Tee Chic to win the $390,935 Hialeah Derby by a neck Sunday afternoon at Hialeah Park. I No Shes A Hot Mess finished a head back in the blanket finish to take third.
Ridden by jockey Rodrigo Vallejo Ec Jet One covered the 400 yards in :19.320 seconds, a 104 speed index with a 14 mph tailwind. Trainer Judd Kearl saddled the son of second-crop sire The Louisiana Cartel to his first stakes win for owner/breeder Enrique Carrion.
Ec Jet One entered the race off the third fastest qualifying time when he defeated Tee Chic by a neck in the time trials on December 27. Prior to that the colt finished a disappointing sixth in the $1.1 million Texas Classic Futurity(G1 after setting the fastest qualifying time.
FQHRA President Ron Smith presents the Hialeah Derby stakes trophy to winning owner Enrique Carrion Sunday afternoon at Hialeah Park. © Coady Photography
“It was quite emotional to watch a horse that I bred win such a big race,” said Carrion. “Judd has done a great job with him and Rodrigo knows him well. We were disappointed with the outcome in the Texas Classic Futurity and this win gives us confidence in him again.”
Ec Jet One has won four of six career starts and the $179,831 Hialeah Derby payoff boosted his career earnings total to $299,007.He was also third in the Grade 2 Sam Houston Futurity last Spring.
Ec Jet One is out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Perry Girl Perry.
Oklahoma Futurity(G2) winner Tee Chic races for owner/breeder Francisco Garza and trainer R.L. Rick Robinson. Also fourth in the Grade 1 $1.1 million Heritage Place Futurity last year, the Jumpn gelding has earned $337,252 after pocketing a runner-up derby check worth $70,368. Agustin Silva had the riding call aboard the Texas-bred out of First Down Tea, by Burrs First Down.
Third in the Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational last summer, I No Shes A Hot Mess picked up $46,912 for her Hialeah Derby third place effort. The daughter of second crop sire Louisiana Senator races for her breeder Reed Land and Cattle Co. LLC. Out of the Corona Caliente mare Dm Hot Hot Hot, the brown filly has earned $61,828 in eight starts. Larry Payne was aboard.
Completing the field were Prized Wagon, Timepaintyourwagondw, Pryme Time, Grey Eyed Hero and Fire Em Up Jess. Fastest qualifier Shez A Hot Valentine was a late scratch after breaking through the gate prior to the start. Finnick was also scratched.
Hialeah Park Posts Solid Attendance And Handle Numbers Sunday, Will Closeout Fourth Week
Boosted by unexpectedly mild afternoon conditions in the wake of severe morning storms, Hialeah Park hosted some 2,153 racing fans for the Sunday festivities. The on-track patrons wagered a total of $77,173 and the all-sources handle topped out at $450,567.
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