Time For Jess is Best in Adequan California Derby Challenge

Q-Racing Journal

Spackman Racing's Time For Jess earned her first career stakes win in Friday's 400-yard Adequan California Derby Challenge at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Time For Jess, a bay daughter of Apollitical Jess owned by Spackman Racing, scored a one-length victory in Friday's $45,180 Adequan California Derby Challenge Stakes at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Lin Melton, Time For Jess covered 400 yards in :19.763. The $20,782 winner's share of the purse from the filly's first career stakes win pushed her earnings to $144,809.

Time For Jess was bred in Idaho by Kelly/Yearsley Equine LLC. The third-fastest qualifier, she was coming off of a third-place finish in the second of two trials on July 31.

Time For Jess' season resume also includes an eighth-place finish in the April 2, 400-yard La Primera del Ano Derby (G3), and a second-place run in the May 14 Miss Princess Handicap (G3).

Time For Jess' win on Friday earned the filly a berth in the October 29, $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos.

"She's a tough girl," said Melton, who has trained for Spackman since 1973. "She's kind of a do-wrong (filly) all the time, but we finally got her lined up.

"Carlos Huerta and I were very happy when she drew the 8 hole (tonight)," he added. "She's run against the best, and now she'll run against the best again on Challenge night. This filly is in the big night, and that's what we wanted."

Raced exclusively in California, Time For Jess has won four of 13 outs. The filly will join her stablemate Maggie Durant in the Challenge Championships. On August 13, Maggie Durant won the Merial California Distaff Challenge to earn a berth in the $150,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1).

"This filly has come down here and earned her way," said K.C. Spackman. "Dad and Lin have kept (our racing program) going for 40 years. We have a small stable, but we've had very good luck with Maggie Durant, and we have this little filly here. It doesn't matter how we do, we're having fun.

"Time for Jess is our girl," Spackman added. "Everything drew right. When she broke, I knew it was over."

El Compa Jv ran second and was followed by 17-10 favorite Jess Good Reason, Little Talks, Timely Delivery, She Snows Shes Ivory, My Favorite Check, First Prize Luke, Volcoms Seperator, and Fames Jess Sweet.

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