Blazen Panther Returns in Fair Meadows Stakes Doubleheader

The graded stakes winning gelding is the early favorite in Friday's Walter Merrick Memorial.

Jonathan Chivira's Blazen Panther will make his next start in Friday's Walter Merrick Memorial Stakes for Oklahoma-breds. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography/Remington Park

Blazen Panther will put his winning streak on the line in Friday’s 870-yard, $17,500 Walter Merrick Memorial Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-breds at Fair Meadows at Tulsa.

A 7-year-old son of champion Panther Mountain owned and trained by Jonathan Chavira, Blazen Panther has won his last three starts, all at the 870-yard distance, including the June 2, $50,000 Remington Park Distance Championship (G2). The gelding drew post 3 and will be ridden by Daniel Torres.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Admiral Zoomwalt (James Flores)
SRD Red Bobcat (Roberto Meraz Jr.)
Blazen Panther (Daniel Torres)
Eye Opening Legacy (Rolando Raudales)
RF Corona Flash (Gonzalo Gutierrez)
Marker Down Brown (Erick Cruz)
SRD American Achara (Samantha Perry)
PB Classy Royal Snow (Curtis Kimes)

Fair Meadows’ 12-race Friday program will conclude with the 350-yard, $15,000 Rocky Heinzig Stakes, which has drawn a full field of 10, topped by Sherry Gilmore’s Ima China Rush.

A homebred Rushago filly trained by Guillermo Valdivia, Ima China Rush has earned $23,199 from four outs this season, and her race record includes a head victory at odds of 18-1 in the 350-yard, $55,000 Jack Brooks Stakes (R) for Oklahoma-bred 3-year-olds at Remington Park on May 28.

Ima China Rush drew post 8 and will be ridden by Cody Smith.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Mighty Tamale (Eugenio Navarrete Jr.)
Eye Eye Captain (Rolando Raudales)
Justonemore Martini (David E. Brown)
Shaky Hero (Daniel Torres)
Whosgonegirl (James Flores)
SR Fly Baby (Gonzalo Gutierrez)
Jessie Marie (Agustin Silva)
Ima China Rush (Cody Smith)
JC Wild Rose (Jose Vega)
Jess Bein The Hero (Jorge Linares)

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