Oh Jess Fly Wins Herman Jefferson

Fly Jess Fly gelding earns first career stakes victory at Zia Park.

October 12, 2013

Oh Jess Fly began competing in hook races just last year and completed his transformation to an 870-yard specialist on Saturday by winning his first stakes at the distance in the Grade 3, $55,090 Herman Jefferson Stakes at Zia Park Racetrack & Casino.

Oh Jess Fly’s career was beginning to stagnate last year when he did not make the winner’s circle for 18 months and had just three wins in 16 sprints. So trainer Jose Barron tested the Fly Jess Fly gelding around the turn for the first time in a claiming race at Arapahoe Park in August 2012 and he ran a good second. In seven 870-yard starts, Oh Jess Fly now has four wins and three seconds. The 5-year-old gelding bred in Oklahoma by Weetona Stanley and owned by Hugo Sierra earned his stakes win with a gate-to-wire victory by 1 1/4 lengths with Bonifacio Perez aboard as the 2-1 second choice in :44.857.

Victory Diaz’s Fishin for Dough was second as the longest shot in the field of seven at 18-1 with Francisco Giles up for trainer Hermenegildo Aldavaz. Sherree Meridyth’s Run DJ Run took third for jockey Casey Lambert and trainer Lupe Munoz. Defending champion Im Royal Quick, who had swept both open 870-yard stakes races last year at Zia in the Herman Jefferson Stakes and King Rick Rack Stakes, finished fifth.