Sunday, May 19, 2013
Larry Gamez rode Jess Rueben James to a neck victory in the $65,000 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-old Quarter Horses at SunRay Park on Sunday.
Saddled by Jaime Aldavaz for owner Currie J. Maben of Clovis, New Mexico, Jess Rueben James made his 400-yard trip in :19.508 while scoring his first win in 11 races. The homebred sorrel gelding was just four weeks removed from a second-place finish against open 3-year-olds in the April 21, $35,000 Animas Stakes at SunRay.
Jess Rueben James' sire, Jesse James Jr, is a 12-year-old stakes-winning son of 1994 AQHA champion 2-year-old Mr Jess Perry and a full brother to Jesstified, a two-time graded stakes winner in Texas in '06.
Campaigned in New Mexico and California from 2003-06, Jesse James Jr earned $167,275 from 21 starts, and his five victories included the '05 First Down Dash Handicap at Los Alamitos, a race in which his defeated opponents included Mini Rock, that season's champion aged mare. Jesse James Jr also ran second in the 2004 Golden State Derby (G1) and third in world champion Be A Bono's Grade 1, $605,450 Los Alamitos Super Derby.
Jesse James Jr's top runners include Osbaldo, the winner of the 2011 New Mexican Spring (RG2) and New Mexico Breeders' (RG2) futurities, and stakes winners Rex Hill and Junior June Bug. The stallion stands for a $4,000 fee at Mac and Janis Spencer Murray's MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico.
Jess Rueben James' dam, Nitros Cash, is a winning 23-year-old daughter of the Dash For Cash stallion Dash For Destiny. In 1992, Nitros Cash was a finalist in two futurities at Trinity Meadows in Texas.
The $39,000 winner's share of the New Mexico Breeders' Stakes purse pushed Jess Rueben James' bankroll to $86,671, of which $56,852 has been earned this season. Last year, the gelding ran third, a half of a length behind winner Rex Hill, in the 350-yard, $167,700 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park. He also was a finalist in the January 5, $252,796 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park.
Sent to post at odds of 8-1, Jess Rueben James returned a $19 win mutuel. Sandys Jesse, the 5-2 favorite in the full field of 10, finished second to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $53.
You Sexy Fame, Rex Hill, CB Special Version, Rimen Investment, SS Cosmo, Jess My Time, Margaritas Last Dash, and Brotherman completed the order of finish.
Sandys Jesse, a sorrel daughter of Jesse James Jr racing for Chin S. Lee, was coming off of a neck victory as the 2-1 choice in the 350-yard, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred sophomore fillies at Sunland Park. All told, the filly has earned $170,115 from 12 outs, and her five wins include a half-length score at odds of 17-1 in the February 17, 400-yard New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland.
A sorrel gelding by the late Dash Ta Fame owned by Olivas Racing, You Sexy Fame has won one of five starts and has banked $16,080. You Sexy Fame was about three weeks removed from a neck victory as the 17-10 choice in a 350-yard, $11,500 maiden special weight dash for New Mexico-breds at SunRay.
The New Mexico Breeders' Stakes began its history in 1986, when Chaparral Racing Stable's Rebel Blade earned the winner's share of a $18,179 purse at old San Juan Downs. Past winners of the stakes include Genuine American (2007), Here Kittykittykitty ('10), and Fury Of The Storm ('12).