Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Sandys Jesse, a multiple stakes winning daughter of Jesse James Jr racing for Chin S. Lee, is one of 10 state-bred 3-year-olds entered in Sunday's 400-yard, $65,000 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park.
An earner of $157,115 from 11 starts, Sandys Jesse is coming off of a neck victory as the 2-1 favorite in the 350-yard, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park on April 13. The filly's stakes record includes a half-length win at odds of 17-1 in the February 17, 400-yard New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland.
Sandys Jesse's nine opponents include Rex Hill. A sorrel colt by Jesse James Jr owned by brothers Ross Hinkins and David Hinkins of Roosevelt, Utah, Rex Hill won two stakes last season, including the 350-yard, $167,700 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG3) at SunRay.
Also, Currie J. Maben's Jess Rueben James returns to face state-breds after his second-place finish to LF Star Jumper in the 400-yard, $35,000 Animas Stakes on April 21. A graded stakes placed homebred gelding by Jesse James Jr, Jess Rueben James has banked $47,671 from 10 outs.
The New Mexico Breeders' Stakes began its history at San Juan Downs in 1986; it first achieved graded status in '03. Past winners of the race include WR Red Ace (2001), Genuine American ('07), and Here Kittykittykitty ('10).
The complete lineup for the New Mexico Breeders' Stakes, in post position order including jockey assignments – Brotherman (Salvador Martinez), CB Special Version (Macario Rodriguez), Sandys Jesse (Tanner Thedford), Rex Hill (Ricky Ramirez), Jess Rueben James (Larry Gamez), You Sexy Fame (Hector Aldrete), Margaritas Last Dash (Alejandro Medellin), Rimen Investment (Daniel Amaya), Jess My Time (Adam Martinez), and SS Cosmo (Alonso Rivera).