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Jesses First Moon Wins Maiden Challenge at Hialeah

My First Moon runner picks up his third straight victory this year.

February 16, 2013

Reynaldo Guzman’s Jesses First Moon took full advantage of the conditions of Saturday’s $26,505 AQHA Maiden Challenge at Hialeah Park, which was restricted to Bank of America Challenge-enrolled horses who were maidens at the time of entry on January 1. As of that date, the 5-year-old Texas-bred son of My First Moon had hit the board four times but had yet to visit the winner’s circle.

That changed on January 5, as Jesses First Moon scored an easy victory in a 250-yard maiden race at Hialeah. He then won again in an allowance/optional claiming race on January 19 before entering back in the Maiden Challenge. Sent off as the even-money favorite under Osdany Leal, Jesses First Moon led from gate to wire and prevailed by a neck in :15.471 for 300 yards. His lifetime record now stands at 9-3-3-1 with earnings of $34,603. Alejandro Moya bred Jesses First Moon out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jesses Playmate.

“We knew he was going to win today,” said Leal, who rode for trainer Sergio Concepcion.

Rolando Almanza’s Dash Master Jess, a son of Mr Jess Perry who broke his maiden in January at Hialeah, finished second with Gold Tooth Display00 in third for owner M and G Farms Inc.