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Princess Jesse Wins Lou Wooten Sydney Valentini Handicap
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Making her first start in more than three months, Princess Jesse ended her sophomore campaign with a victory in Saturday’s 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Alfredo Sigala for owner and trainer Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, and sent to post as the 5-1 second choice in the field of nine, Princess Jesse defeated 3-10 favorite Astica by a head in :19.736. The homebred 3-year-old filly earned $51,000 and an 82 speed index from her fifth win in eight outs and fourth stakes victory this season.

Princess Jesse was making her first start since September 25, when the filly scored a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length win in the 400-yard, $171,070 New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs. The filly’s sire, the Mr Jess Perry stallion Jesse James Jr, has sired the earners of more than $11.6 million from six crops, including Astica, the 2015 AQHA champion 3-year-old filly, and multiple graded stakes winners Osbaldo, Cinco Menudos, and Jess Reuben James.

Racing in California and New Mexico between 2003-06, Jesse James Jr earned $167,275 from 21 starts, and his five wins included a three-quarter victory in the ’05 First Down Dash Handicap at Los Alamitos. The stallion also ran second in the 2004 Golden State Derby (G1).

Now 15, Jesse James Jr is owned by and will stand the 2017 season for a $3,500 fee at Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico.

Princess Jesse’s dam, Total Miracle, is a 15-year-old winning daughter of champion Dean Miracle who ran third in the 2005 La Mariposa Handicap (G3) at Albuquerque Downs and New Mexico Quarter Horse Handicap (G3) at SunRay Park.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Princess Jesse has won seven of 13 starts and has banked $297,535, of which $251,373 has been earned this year. The filly’s stakes resume includes victories in the April 3, 350-yard Sunburst Stakes (RG3) at Sunland Park, and the July 31, 400-yard Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.

Princess Jesse returned a $13 win mutuel and paired with Astica for a $25 ($2) exacta payoff. Teana Fay, a 26-1 longshot, ran third, a head behind Princess Jesse, to complete a $135.50 ($1) trifecta.

Sandys Jesse, Get Down Bambi, Bl Corona, Sweet Splenda, My Royal Highness, and Sixie Won completed the order of finish.

A 4-year-old homebred daughter of Jesse James Jr and 2009 AQHA champion 3-year-old filly Alice K White, Astica was coming off of a dominating 3 1/4-length victory in the 400-yard, $140,000 New Mexico Filly & Mare Championship (RG1) at Zia Park on November 23, the mare’s fifth stakes win. All told, Astica has won nine of 14 outs, and the $18,700 runner-up share of the Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap purse pushed her bankroll to $411,623.

Teana Fay races for Jimmy Negrete. A $25,000 yearling buy at the 2014 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, the 3-year-old Winners Version filly has earned $168,097 from 17 starts, and her three wins include the 400-yard, $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders’ Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park on February 28.

In The News

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.

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