Sunday, February 17, 2013
A sharp break from post 9 helped longshot Sandys Jesse earn her first stakes win in the $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes (RG2) for state-bred 3-year-olds at Sunland Park on Sunday.
Ridden by Tanner Thedford for owner Sergio Enriquez and trainer Alonso Orozco, Sandys Jesse went 400 yards in :19.267 to post an 89 speed index and the sixth-fastest winning time in the 21-year history of the NMHBA Stakes, and her margin of victory was a half of a length from 17-10 favorite One Blazin Kimbo. The $51,000 winner's share of the purse increased her earnings to $97,615 from nine starts.
Sandys Jesse was bred by Mac and Janis Spencer Murray's MJ Farms in Veguita, New Mexico. The filly's sire, Jesse James Jr, is a stakes-winning 12-year-old son of 1994 AQHA champion 2-year-old Mr Jess Perry who ran second in Not For Long's 2004 Golden State Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos, and third in world champion Be A Bono's Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).
Jesse James Jr is a full brother to 2006 Retama Park Derby (G1) winner Jesstified, and his top runners include two-time graded stakes winner Osbaldo, 2012 New Mexico Breeders Futurity (RG3) winner Rex Hill, and stakes winners Junior June Bug, Sammy James, and Jess Dungarees. The stallion stands for a $4,000 fee, and he is one of four Quarter Horse stallions standing at MJ Farms.
Sandys Jesse's dam, Sandys Fame, is a winning Utah-bred daughter of the late Dash Ta Fame who ran second to Sweet Lil Dasher in a the 1997 Diamond Classic Futurity (RG1) in Wyoming. Now 18, Sandys Fame has produced Lagaria, a stakes-placed half sister to Sandys Jesse whose starters include Sammy James; Bridgette Bordeaux, a half sister to Sandys Fame who ran second in the '05 New Mexico State Fair Breeders' Derby (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque; and Sandys June Bug, an unraced daughter of Blushing Bug who has produced stakes winners Junior June Bug and Hedge Fund.
Sandys Jesse's second dam, the Streakin Dash mare Dashin Sandy, won the 1992 Diamond Classic Futurity and was a finalist in the Grade 1 La Primera del Ano Derby at Los Alamitos the following year. The filly traces back to her third dam, Synchrocept, a multiple stakes winning daughter of the Cornish Prince (TB) stallion Zevi (TB).
Sandys Jesse was coming off of a second-place finish to ES Dove in an entry-level 400-yard allowance race for New Mexico-bred sophomores on January 25. The filly has won four races, all in New Mexico, and her stakes resume includes a second-place finish to Posies Desiria in last year's 400-yard, $82,070 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Sandys Jesse was also a finalist in last season's 350-yard, $167,700 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park in Farmington.
Sent to post at odds of 17-1 in the nine-horse NMHBA Stakes field, Sandys Jesse returned a $37.40 win mutuel and teamed with One Blazin Kimbo for a $162.80 ($2) exacta payoff. ES Dove finished third, a nose behind the runner-up, to complete a $1 trifecta dividend of $712.
Graded stakes winner Rex Hill, a ran fourth and was followed by Dashes Best, Runin Sixes, Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) winner Slew By You, The Four Js, and Posies Desiria.
One Blazin Kimbo is a sorrel son of the late Chicks A Blazin campaigned by Crowson Racing. The gelding has won two of seven starts and has banked $74,616, and his race record includes a fourth-place finish in the January 5, $252,796 Shue Fly Stakes at Sunland Park.
A homebred gelding by Jesse James Jr, ES Dove has earned $58,025 from eight outs for owner Shirley A. Burelsmith of Levelland, Texas. ES Dove has won three races, and he was a finalist in last year's $293,550 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park and $395,028 Zia Futurity (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.
The New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes has been run at Sunland Park every year since 1993, when Kathleen M. Sellers' Rockettes Tonie banked the winner's share of a $14,250 purse. The race first achieved graded status in 2001.
Past winners of the NMHBA Stakes include Namehimastreaker (1997) and Blazin N Shakin (2008).