Saturday, April 13, 2013
A sharp break from post 8 helped favorite Sandys Jesse score her second stakes victory in Saturday's $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park.
Ridden by Tanner Thedford for owner Chin S. Lee and trainer Alonso Orozco, Sandys Jesse went 350 yards in :17.073 and while posting a 91 speed index, and her margin of victory was a neck from Runin Sixes. The $51,000 winner's share of the purse increased the filly's lifetime earnings to $157,115.
Sandys Jesse was bred by Mac and Janis Spencer Murray's MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico. The filly's sire, Jesse James Jr, is a 12-year-old son of AQHA champion Mr Jess Perry who won the 2005 First Down Dash Handicap at Los Alamitos against a field that included Mini Rock, that season's champion aged mare.
Racing in New Mexico and California between 2003-06, Jesse James Jr banked $167,275 from 21 starts, and his stakes record included a runner-up finish in the '04 Golden State Derby (G1) and a third-place run in the Grade 1, $605,450 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).
Jesse James Jr's top starters include graded stakes winners Osbaldo and Rex Hill, and stakes winner and 2012 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) runner-up Junior June Bug. He stands for a $3,500 fee at MJ Farms.
Sandys Jesse's dam, Sandys Fame, is a winning 18-year-old daughter of the late Dash Ta Fame who ran second in the 1997 Diamond Classic Futurity (RG1) at the Central Wyoming Fair meet. The mare has also produced two stakes-placed runners, both of whom are half sisters to Sandys Jesse – Lagaria, a filly by Blushing Bug who ran second to Dash Ta Moon in the '06 New Mexico Fillies and Mares Championship (R) at Zia Park, and Bridgette Bordeaux, a daughter of Blushing Bug who was the runner-up in the 2005 New Mexico State Fair Breeders' Derby (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Sandys Jesse's second dam, the Utah-bred Streakin Dash mare Dashin Sandy, won the 1992 Diamond Classic Futurity (RG2) and was a finalist in Sables Secret's '93 La Primera del Ano Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos.
Sandys Jesse has won five of her 11 outs, and her stakes resume includes a half-length victory at odds of 17-1 in the 400-yard, $85,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park on February 17. The filly also ran second, a neck behind Posies Desiria, in the September 22, $82,070 New Mexico State Fair Senorita Futurity (RG3) at Albuquerque, and she was a finalist in the June 3, $167,700 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG2) at SunRay Park.
Sent to post at odds of 2-1 in the full field of 10, Sandys Jesse returned a $6 win mutuel and teamed with runner-up Runin Sixes for a $2 exacta payoff of $56.20. Cmon Jesses Girl ran third, a half of a length behind the winner, to complete a $123.50 ($1) trifecta.
Coronas Hot Pink finished fourth and Get Down Bambi ran fifth, while Brookstones Chick and Posies Desiria finished in a dead heat for sixth. Jess A Satin Chicks, Fames Magic, and Slew By You, the winner of the January 5, $252,796 Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park, completed the order of finish.
Runin Sixes is a gray daughter of the Royal Quick Dash stallion Sixes Royal racing for Peter B. Gallegos, Valle Guadiana Corporation, and J. Patricia Gonzalez. The filly has won three of 12 starts and has earned $100,157, and her race record includes a third-place run in last year's 400-yard, $395,028 Zia Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park.
Cmon Jesses Girl has won three of her nine outs and has banked $78,133 for owner Dan Newby, who also bred the sorrel filly by Jesse James Jr. Cmon Jesses Girl was coming off of consecutive victories against state-bred allowance-optional claiming company, and she was a finalist in last year's Zia Futurity and 400-yard, $293,550 New Mexico Cup Futurity (RG2) at Zia Park.