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Princess Jesse, Carson City Girl Headline NM State Fair Breeders’ Derby Trials
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Graded stakes winners Princess Jesse and Carson City Girl are among the 17 state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) trials at Albuquerque Downs.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $200,000-est. New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby final on September 25, closing day of Albuquerque Downs’ 60-day meet.

Princess Jesse, a homebred Jesse James Jr filly owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, is the morning-line favorite in the first trial. The filly has earned $111,840 from five outs this season, and she has won two graded stakes, including the 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs on July 31.

Princess Jesse drew post 6 and will be ridden by Alfredo Sigala.

Trainer Fred Danley, a winner of 2,320 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races during his 41-year career, will send out Carson City Girl for owners David and Sandra Barrett in the second trial. A sorrel daughter of the Dash Ta Fame stallion Woodbridge, the filly has won two stakes this season, including the 400-yard, $190,119 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park in January.

Carson City Girl drew post 3 and will be ridden by Cesar Gomez.

Other noteworthy sophomores entered in the New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby trials include graded stakes winners RG Miracle and Chickaloni. RG Miracle is trained by Ken Grisham for owner Shirley Grisham of Albuquerque. A homebred gray son of Hearts Miracle, the gelding won two stakes last year -- the 350-yard New Mexico Breeders’ Futurity (RG3) at SunRay Park, and the 400-yard Downs at Albuquerque Futurity (R) at Albuquerque.

RG Miracle drew post 9 and will be ridden by Victor Escobar in the first trial.

Chickaloni races for brothers David Hinkins and Ross Hinkins of Orangevale, Utah, who acquired the sorrel daughter of Jess A Chicks as a yearling for $7,500 at the 2014 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Trained by Larry Chavez, the filly has earned $220,873 from 11 outs, and her five wins include a neck victory in last year’s 400-yard, $281,000 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park.

Chickaloni drew post 5 and will be ridden by Jose Enrique Ortiz in the second trial.

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