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Princess Jesse, Waltzing Attila Score Stakes Wins at Albuquerque Downs
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Princess Jesse, a homebred filly by Jesse James Jr owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, parlayed a sharp break from post 4 into a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday’s 400-yard, $171,070 New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Alfredo Sigala and sent to post as the 11-10 favorite in the full field of 10, Princess Jesse defeated Carson City Girl by 1 1/4 lengths in :19.624. The $85,535 winner’s share of the purse from the filly’s third graded stakes win this season pushed her career earnings to $246,535, of which $200,375 has been earned this year.

Princess Jesse has been the top New Mexico-bred 3-year-old filly this season, as she has scored victories in the 350-yard, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (RG3) at Sunland Park in April, and against older state-bred sprinters in the 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Championship at Ruidoso Downs on July 31.

Supplemented to the September 11 State Fair Breeders’ Derby trials for $12,500, Princess Jesse scored a one-length victory in the first of two heats and posted the fastest qualifying time. The filly has raced exclusively in New Mexico and has won six of 12 outs, including four of seven this season.

JJ Jessies Girl finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Princess Jesse, and was followed by Sweet Splenda, Chickaloni, First Note Medley, First Moon Fire, Jameson Jr, Wahoo Raider, and Luvthem Blazinchicks.

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Waltzing Attila, a homebred filly trained by Nancy Summers for owners Wesley and Glenda Gray of Peralta, New Mexico, broke her maiden with a three-length win in Sunday’s $170,525 New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Futurity (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds.

Waltzing Attila covered 6 furlongs in 1:11.73 under jockey Roimes Chirinos. Sent to post at odds of 16-1 in the full field of 10, the filly returned a $34 win mutuel and teamed with runner-up and 4-5 favorite Indian H Who for a $2 exacta payoff of $88.80.

Waltzing Attila has won one of three outs and has earned $88,063. She was coming off of a second-place finish in the first of two trials on September 10.  She is the first starter foaled by Super Sister, an unraced homebred 8-year-old daughter of Your Eminence and one of three broodmares the Grays have at their farm in Peralta.

Tinys Storm, a 34-1 longshot, ran third to complete a $2 trifecta payoff of $1,749.40. Tiz Valiant, Rasketeer, Toll Free, McFirst, Blazing Away, Karissa Ballerina, and Told You So completed the order of finish.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
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