TULSA, OK—JULY 27, 2019—A dominant effort from Domishay landed the 2-year-old colt and jockey Roberto Meraz, Jr in the winner’s circle at Fair Meadows on Saturday night for the $15,000 Cherokee Nation Stakes. The winning pair covered the 350-yard stake in 17.669 to earn a 94 speed index.
It was the first career stakes win for Domishay ($8.00), who had also competed in the Remington Park Juvenile Stakes and FL Lady Bug Stakes at Remington Park. He is now three for seven lifetime with earnings of $37,672. Domishay is trained by Carlos Ruiz and owned by Paula Cristina Villatoro. Laura and Dan Erickson bred the son of DOMINYUN in Oklahoma, out of Salty Shay, by Mr Eye Opener.
Domishay finished nearly two lengths ahead of second place finisher Hailofanimage.
Andrew Samaniego was aboard Hailofanimage for trainer Mary Meza and owner Juan Carlos Meza. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Colton John Corff, sired by The Wranglers Image and out of Giacoma Jewel, by Hail Corona.
Hailofanimage has made three of his four career starts at Fair Meadows and broke his maiden in his previous start.
Post-time favorite Moon Bloodgood finished in third, just a nose behind Hailofanimage. This was her first stakes appearance and her third start at Fair Meadows; she broke her maiden in Tulsa in June and returned to win an allowance race earlier this month.
Moon Bloodgood was ridden by Jose Vega for trainer Samuel Valdivia and owner Guillermo Garcia. She was bred in Oklahoma by Poncho and Lefty LLC, by Im a Fancy Pyc and out of the Thoroughbred mare Laker Girl, by Salt Lake.
Completing the field were Moxxy, Rockets Return, Lota Saturday, Some Value, Mh Might B Leavin, El Chapoteo and Cold Brewster.