Michigan connections compete at Hialeah Park

Popular Michigan-bred Ozzy You Can Do It will make his first start outside of his home state on Monday at Hialeah Park.

Last Saturday, horse racing returned to one of the sport’s historic venues, Florida’s Hialeah Park, after an eight-year absence.

For its inaugural season, the track is hosting a Quarter Horse-exclusive meet, which has drawn horses, riders and trainers from across the country to race among the flamingos. Of course, what kind of world class Quarter Horse meet would it be without a few horses from Mount Pleasant Meadows?

On Hialeah’s opening day, three horses with at least one start at Mount Pleasant entered the gates, including Michigan-bred Refined Cowboy; who showed little in a second-to-last finish. The other two starters, both trained by Adam Oxendine, fared better. Arrow Stone Head took home a third place check and Apollo Two Socks notched a fourth. Both horses shipped to Mount Pleasant for a few starts near the end of this year’s meet.

The star of the Michigan contingent on opening day, however, was jockey Oscar Delgado. In four starts, Delgado picked up a win and a second place finish. He found the winner’s circle in his first start aboard California-bred Nudder Budder. Delgado picked up another win in the nightcap of Sunday’s card aboard Devilfish.

In terms of new business, Monday’s card will be highlighted by the first out-of-state start by Mount Pleasant Meadows fan favorite Ozzy You Can Do It. The Michigan-bred Aze Beduino gelding has won 11 of 42 lifetime starts, all at the central Michigan oval. Ozzy You Can Do It will also be the first paint horse to compete at Hialeah since its reopening, possibly ever.

Ozzy You Can Do It appears to have the confidence of the oddsmakers, who have him picked second with morning line odds of 3-1. He had his first workout over the surface on Sunday, where he covered 220 yards in 12.53 seconds breezing. The time was the fourth fastest out of seven horses working at the distance.

UPDATE: Ozzy finished last in his start earlier today. By the looks of the chart, he ran into traffic problems early on and was taken out of contention before he could do much. Regardless, it was nice to see the betting public support Ozzy as the third choice at 3.20-to-one. Hopefully he can improve his fortune in future starts with a clean trip.

Tuesday’s entries yield at least three horses with experience at Mount Pleasant Meadows: former stakes regular Track Monster, Bye Bye Cartel and Patriotic Bill, who makes his first start since 2008, where he won a match race against arguably the slowest horse on the grounds then was disqualified. That was a crazy day.

Best of luck to all the Mount Pleasant Meadows-based (or visiting) connections during Hialeah Park’s rededicated inaugural meet.

For more information on Hialeah Park, visit http://www.hialeahparkracing.com/.


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3 responses to “Michigan connections compete at Hialeah Park

  1. Andrew

    “won a match race against arguably the slowest horse on the grounds then was disqualified. That was a crazy day.”

    Classic. Oscar Delgado has done well so far, good for him. Nice to see Mt. Pleasant connections at Hialeah. Go Ozzy! Looks like TVG hasn’t been showing all the races on TV, so I’ll be watching Hialeah video on espn.youbet.com (30 min. limit).

  2. mibredclaimer

    Why was I not made aware of the ESPN/Youbet deal sooner? This is great! Unfortunately, I was in class during Ozzy’s race, so I wasn’t able to utilize it for its intended purpose. Still an awful lot of fun, though.

    On opening day, TVG showed the first three races live, then directed fans to the website for the rest of the card. Considering Oscar Delgado’s first start was in the fourth, that was a pretty big bummer.

    Glad you got a kick out of the match race story. This was the same contest where a chipmunk came out of the mailbox holding the phone to the stewards after the race. Gotta love the races.

  3. Otis

    If watching via ESPN/Youbet and you bump into the 30 minute limitation … clear your cookies, or specifically the youbet cookie listed as AVS_TIMEREMAINING [1] or something like that. You will probably have to restart your browser or open a new tab each time you do this.

    [1] Firefox makes searching for a specific cookie much easier.

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