Time For Jess Wins Merial California Distaff Challenge

The 4-year-old mare gets her second stakes win on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Bo Spackman (left) and trainer Lin Melton celebrate Time For Jess' victory in Saturday's Merial California Distaff Challenge. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Spackman Racing's Time For Jess broke sharply from her rail post and sprinted to her second stakes victory in Saturday's $28,260 Merial California Distaff Challenge Stakes at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Cesar DeAlba for trainer Lin Melton, Time For Jess went 400 yards in :19.695, and her winning margin was three-quarters of a length from stablemate Maggie Durant. The mare banked $13,282, as well as a berth in the October 14, $105,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows.

Stablemates Time For Jess (left) and Maggie
Durant pose after Saturday's Merial California
Distaff Challenge. PHOTO: Los Alamitos

Maggie Durant is co-owned by Melton and Spackman Racing, and Melton had been putting off entering both Time For Jess and Maggie Durant in the same race, but he knew it was just a matter of time until he'd have to do just that.

“I’ve been putting it off for three years, (but) it was time,” said Melton. "They did me really proud. They’re great mares, both of them are unbelievable. On her day, Time For Jess can run with anybody.”

“It felt great seeing those two horses in the same race and getting first and second," said Bo Spackman. "There’s nothing better to come out of that win.

“My grandfather, Kelly, started (the racing operation)," he added."My dad (K.C.) took over, and hopefully I’m third generation seeing what we can do with this. I’m excited to be a part of it, and I love every minute it.”

Time For Jess was bred in Idaho by Kelly/Yearsley Equine LLC. The mare is by 2010 world champion Apollitical Jess out of Coronation Time, a homebred winning daughter of Corona Cartel who was a finalist in the 2004 Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Futurty (RG3) at Fair Meadows at Tulsa.

Raced exclusively in California, Time For Jess has won six of 23 outs, including last year's Adequan California Derby Challenge, and she has earned $309,079.

Duck Dash N Go finished third and was followed by Doing Trix, First N Final, Jess Envision, even-money favorite Jess Good Reason, Zendaya, and Fire The Senator.

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