Jess Good Reason is Morning-Line Choice in Merial California Distaff Challenge

The 4-year-old mare returns Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

John and Cina Sperry's Jess Good Reason is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Merial California Distaff Challenge. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Jess Good Reason, a 4-year-old daughter of Good Reason Sa owned by John and Cina Sperry, drew post 9 for Saturday's 400-yard, $28,260 Merial California Distaff Challenge Stakes at Los Alamitos.

Jess Good Reason has been made the 2-1 morning-line favorite by track linemaker Ed Burgart. Trained by Paul Jones, the mare has earned $333,352 from 18 outs, and her eight wins include a half-length victory in the 400-yard, $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G1) on January 8, and a half-length score in the 400-yard, $202,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) on October 29.

Jess Good Reason will be ridden by Jesus Ayala. Other contenders include Spackman Racing's Time For Jess, a 4-year-old Apollitical Jess mare trained by Lin Melton. Time For Jess has banked $295,797 from 22 starts, and she ended her sophomore campaign with a second-place finish, a head behind winner Uno Corona Mas, in the December 18, $168,000 Southern California Derby (G2).

Cesar DeAlba will ride Time For Jess from the rail post.

The winner of this race will earn a berth in the October 14, $105,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Time For Jess (Cesar DeAlba), 7-2
All Right Now (Rodolfo Arvizu), 10-1
First N Final (Jose M. Nicasio), 10-1
Fire The Senator (Oscar Peinado), 30-1
Duck Dash N Go (Rodrigo Aceves), 10-1
Jess Envision (Martin Arriaga), 6-1
Zendaya (Cesar Franco), 20-1
Doing Trix (Cruz Mendez), 8-1
Jess Good Reason (Jesus Ayala), 2-1
Maggie Durant (G. Jairo Rangel), 6-1

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