Classic Chevrolet Heartbeat of America Handicap Highlights Opening Night on Friday

(Grand Prairie, Texas - Thursday, September 16, 2010) - Five Star Partner’s Streakin Illusively, trained by Judd Kearl, leading conditioner at the recently concluded 2010 American Quarter Horse Meet at Sam Houston Race Park with 53 wins, headlines the 13th running of the $25,000 Classic Chevrolet Heartbeat of America Handicap, to be run at 350 yards, for accredited Texas-bred three-year-olds and upward, on Opening Night at Lone Star Park this Friday.

A winner of eight of 25 career starts for $140,997 in earnings, Streaking Illusively will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo who topped the rider standings with 47 victories at the 2010 Sam Houston American Quarter Horse Meet. A Sorrel son of Streakin La Jolla, Streakin Illusively has recorded a win and two runner-up finishes from seven starts at Lone Star Park, including a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 $426,375 Dash For Cash Futurity in 2006, and a fourth in the Classic Chevrolet Heartbeat of America Handicap last year.

“When we brought him to Sam Houston back in June, we dropped him in class a little bit and it seemed to really help him build his heart back up,” said his trainer Judd Kearl. “He’s doing super and we expect him to run a big race.”

A top contender in the Classic Chevrolet Heartbeat of America Handicap is Ocean Fun, trained by Alfredo Triana, a winner of two of 14 starts for $73,427, including a couple of fourth-place finishes in Grade 3 races in two of his last three starts. Also of note should be the John Buchanan-trained entry of Heavy Croozer and Chasing the Cheese. The former will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez, leading rider the past two seasons at the Fall Meeting of Champions with 39 victories in 2008 and 32 in 2009.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Heavy Croozer (Ricky Ramirez, 9-5); Opalesce (Gasper Garcia, 12-1); Streakin Illusively (Rodrigo Vallejo, 3-1); Jc Ladies First (Jose Alvarez, 8-1); Eye It Is (Manuel Lara, 20-1); Bar Winning Jet (Donaciano Arriaga, 15-1); Ocean Fun (Francisco Ramirez Jr., 5-2); Okasetti (David Alvarez, 20-1); and Chasing the Cheese (Russel Hadley, 9-5). Heavy Croozer and Chasing the Cheese will run as an entry.

Scheduled as race nine on the 10-race program, the Classic Chevrolet Heartbeat of America Handicap has an approximate post time of 9:47 p.m. CDT.

back to THBPA Infomation