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HIALEAH, FL—DECEMBER 26, 2015—Opening day of the 2015-16 live Quarter Horse racing season at Hialeah Park turned out to be a very successful afternoon for trainer Rolando Almanza.
Not only did he saddle Moonin The Eagle to an impressive victory in the fourth and final trial heat for the $204,310 Hialeah Maturity, he also sent out his “big horse” Daytona B to a solid score in the $25,000 Bienvenido de Nuevo Stakes (see related story), the stakes opener for the season at this iconic South Florida track.
The 10 fastest qualifiers from today's four trial races will return to the Hialeah Park on Saturday, January 17 and vie for the winner's purse, valued $85,810, in the 440 yard stakes event.
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Almanza conditions Moonin The Eagle for owner Gregorio Garcia Garza. Vessels Stallion Farm, LLC bred the One Famous Eagle colt in California from the champion/champion producing First Down Dash mare Your First Moon. He has compiled a (11) 4-2-1 record and earned $223,553.
Trainer John Stinebaugh saddled Rattle N Battle to the second fastest time of :21.986 for owner Sunset Well Service, Inc. Eduwin Lujan rode the Apollitical Jess gelding out of Tinys Corona Queen, by Corona Cartel. James and Marilyn Helzer is the breeder.
Premier Ethics, a Florida-bred filly entering the trials off a 4th place finish the Grade 1 $2.3 million All American Derby on September 6, was a three-quarter–length winner in the third trial to post the third fastest time of :22.010.
The Double A Ranch-owned daughter of Ethics Aside has won eight of nine career starts and earned more than $300,000. Elio Vazquez conditions the graded stakes winner with Yordanis Amaro getting the riding assignment.
For the complete list of the ten qualifiers, with sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.
The second 10 fastest qualifiers from today's trials will be preferred invites for the $25,000-Guaranteed Hialeah Junior Maturity that will also be contested on January 17. For a complete list of those horses CLICK HERE.