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Oh Jess Fly Tries to Stay Hot at Zia

Distance runners line up in King Rick Rack Stakes.

Q-Racing Journal
November 14, 2013

Hugo Sierra Barron’s Oh Jess Fly, fresh from a win in the Herman Jefferson Stakes (G3), looks for his eighth-straight top-two finish when he heads the $55,000 King Rick Rack Stakes over 870 yards at Zia Park on Sunday afternoon.

Oh Jess Fly (Fly Jess Fly-Oh What A Perks by Dash For Perks) started his hot streak at the $10,000-claiming level 15 months ago and moved up in class until he joined the stakes ranks with a second in the SunRay Park Marathon back in May.

The 5-year-old gelding from the Jose Manuel Barron stable was off for five months and came back to take the $55,000 Herman Jefferson Stakes at Zia Park. The gelding went to the lead out of the gate and then pulled out to a 1 1/4-length win.

Dusty Rose Ranch’s homebred Docs Dusty Okie (Okey Dokey Dale-Stephanie Rose by Hy Lucky Jay (TB)) makes his Zia Park debut after scoring four wins and three seconds from nine starts at 870 yards, primarily in Oklahoma. In June, he was a front-running winner of the $50,000 Remington Distance Handicap (G3) and then came back in September to finish second at 2-1 odds in the Red Cell Will Rogers Distance Challenge.

Bobby Cox’s homebred Wahoo (Feature Mr Jess-First To Celebrate by First Down Dash) is another invader in the King Rick Rack. The 4-year-old gelding won the Governor’s Cup Marathon at Sam Houston Race Park and then finished second in the Remington Park Distance Handicap and Red Cell Lone Star Distance Challenge.