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Princess Jesse Returns in Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap
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Princess Jesse, a homebred daughter of Jesse James Jr owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, will make her 4-year-old season debut in Saturday’s 350-yard, $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park.

Princess Jesse will be shortening in distance off of her head victory in the 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG2) for state-bred distaffers at Sunland Park on December 31. The mare boasts a three-race win streak that includes a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory in the September 25, 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs.

Princess Jesse drew the rail post and will be ridden by Alfredo Sigala. Other contenders include Seeyalateralligator, a homebred 5-year-old son of Winners Version trained by Wes Giles for owners Ezra Lee and Jason Giles. Seeyalateralligator is coming off of a neck victory as the 2-1 favorite in the 440-yard, $85,000 Dona Ana County Handicap (R) on January 29.

The 3-1 morning-line favorite, Seeyalateralligator drew post 5 and will be ridden by Salvador Martinez.

Yaneth Cabrera’s Jess Cruzin On By, the runner-up to Seeyalateralligator in the Dona Ana County Handicap, drew post 10 and will be ridden by Sergio Becerra Jr. for trainer Alfredo Gomez. A homebred 4-year-old stallion by Jesse James Jr, Jess Cruzin On By has banked $211,087 from 11 career outs, and he was a finalist in last year’s 440-yard, $206,000 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) at Zia Park.

The complete lineup for the Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Princess Jesse (Alfredo Sigala, 126), 7-2
Play Misty Foreme (Jose Luis Enriquez, 123), 6-1
Teana Fay (Jaime Parga Leos, 124), 8-1
Justified By Chicks (Esgar Ramirez, 123), 9-2
Seeyalateralligator (Salvador Martinez, 127), 3-1
Frank N Jesse (Alejandro Medellin, 122), 10-1
Major Moonflash (Adrian Ramos, 122), 10-1
Seis Menudos (Raul Herrera, 123), 12-1
Booyah Bay (Jose Enrique Ortiz, 123), 12-1
Jess Cruzin On By (Sergio Becerra Jr., 124), 10-1
AE-Jess Rueben James (Mauro Salcedo, 122), 20-1
AE-A Super Sonic Boom (Oscar Cordova, 121), 30-1

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Monday, June 26, 2017
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Saturday, June 24, 2017
A field of 10 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds, topped by morning-line favorite Stormin The Jewels and defending champion Citizen Geller, has been entered in Saturday’s 7-furlong, $60,000 O.D. McDonald Handicap (R), the opening-night feature at Albuquerque Downs.
Friday, June 23, 2017
On The Low Down, a stakes-winning chestnut son of Dome, is one of 10 New Mexico-bred juveniles entered in Saturday’s 5-furlong, $141,382 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs.




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