DOMINGA OVER THE TOP TO WIN THE ALLEN BLACK CAT MEMORIAL STAKES
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DOMINGA OVER THE TOP TO WIN THE ALLEN BLACK CAT MEMORIAL STAKES
3-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper captures first career stakes;
Bridgmohan & Cox score eighth individual stakes win of the meet
Following a thrilling stretch run, Don Alberto Stable’s Dominga prevailed late to take the $75,000 Allen Black Cat Lacombe Memorial Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths as the lukewarm 5-2 post time favorite in a race restricted to 3-year-old fillies. Spurting clear of Wexx late in the stretch, Dominga stopped the clock in 1:41.54 about one mile over a firm turf course at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. It was a length further back to Embossed in third.
Now a two-time winner over the Fair Grounds turf, Dominga handled first-level allowance company with ease in her second try against winners on December 5. She followed up with a runner-up performance behind the odds-on favorite Alms, who remained perfect from four starts, in the Shantel Lanerie Memorial. Dominga closed with a rush in that stakes debut to finish 2 ¼ lengths clear of the third place finisher.
The 3-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper now owns a career record of 5-3-1-0 with earnings of $136,220. It was meet-topping eighth stakes win of the meet for both jockey Shaun Bridgmohan and trainer Brad Cox.
“She’s such a big filly with a huge stride,” Bridgmohan said. “I ride her accordingly and just try to keep her in the clear. She needs some room to run and we used that big long stride effectively to get the job done.”
“Like Shaun (Bridgmohan) said, you have to ride her accordingly,” Cox said. “She can kind of lose touch with the race. She kind of just loafs along and comes running late. He rode her really well and it’s good to get the win.”
Wexx, who entered the Lacombe off a solid first-level allowance win at Fair Grounds in February, finished gamely to be second.
“She ran great,” jockey Adam Beschizza said. “She took a little stumble out of the gate. I left her alone to gather herself after that for a bit. We started picking up from the half mile pole and I thought we had a shot, but the best horse won today.”
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