Osbaldo Wins Jess Burner Memorial Handicap

The 6-year-old stallion picks up his first stakes win in more than two years at Sunland Park on Saturday.

New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association

Hubaldo Solis' Osbaldo wins Saturday's Jess Burner Memorial Handicap at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography.

Osbaldo, a homebred 6-year-old son of Jesse James Jr racing for Hubaldo Solis of Peralta, New Mexico, sprinted to a half-length victory in Saturday’s Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for state-breds at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Ivan Carnero for trainer Ken Grisham, Osbaldo went 400 yards in :19.772 while earning his fifth career stakes win and first in more than two years. The $51,000 winner’s share of the $85,000 purse increased his bankroll to $408,989.

Osbaldo has won 11 of his 34 outs while racing exclusively in New Mexico. The stallion’s sire, Jesse James Jr, is a 14-year-old Grade 1-placed son of 1994 champion 2-year-old Jesse James Jr. Racing in New Mexico and California from 2003-06, Jesse James Jr earned $167,275 from 21 starts, and his five wins included the ’05 First Down Dash Handicap at Los Alamitos.

Jesse James Jr’s top starters include graded stakes winners Astica, Junior June Bug and Cinco Menudos, and Pistolpacking Pepsi, a multiple stakes winner in Indiana. The stallion is owned by and stands for a $4,000 fee at Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico.

Osbaldo’s dam, Shes So Blazin, is an 11-year-old unraced daughter of the Chicks Beduino stallion Chicks A Blazin. The stallion’s second dam, the winning First Down Dash mare Best To Be First, ran third in champion Mini Rock’s 2002 La Primera del Ano Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Sent to post as the 9-2 second choice in the full field of 10, Osbaldo returned an $11.20 win mutuel. The stallion’s stakes resume includes a neck victory in the 2013 Lineage Quarter Horse Championship (RG3) at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Major Moonflash finished second and was followed by 11-10 favorite Jess Got Issues, Dungarees Version, Whatever Bill, Justified By Chicks, Booyah Bay, Seeyalateralligator, Gonna Make You Royal, and Reckless Wind.

Major Moonflash is a 3-year-old gelded son of champion First Moonflash campaigned by Pierre and Leslie Amestoy of Albuquerque. Major Moonflash has banked $203,214 from 16 outs, and his three wins include a one-length victory as the 2-1 choice in the 440-yard, $199,621 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) at Zia Park on November 1.

Jess Got Issues races for Joseph and Debra Meridyth. A 5-year-old gray son of Jesse James Jr, the gelding was coming off of a second-place finish, a neck behind winner Cinco Menudos, in the 440-yard, $181,480 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Cup Championship (RG1) at Zia Park on November 1. All told, Jess Got Issues has won seven of 19 starts, and the $8,500 third-place share of the Jess Burner Memorial Handicap purse pushed his earnings to $265,546.

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