Princess Jesse Ends Sophomore Campaign With a Win

The homebred filly scores in Saturday's Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap at Sunland Park.

Q-Racing Journal

With mane flying in his face, Alfredo Sigala rode Princess Jesse to a head victory in Saturday's Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap for New Mexico-bred distaffers. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Princess Jesse ended her 3-year-old season with a victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG2) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Alfredo Sigala for owner and trainer Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, Princess Jesse defeated AQHA champion and 3-10 favorite Astica by a head in :19.736. In addition to recording an 82 speed index, the homebred 3-year-old daughter of Jesse James Jr banked $51,000 from her seventh win in 13 starts and fourth career stakes score.

Princess Jesse was making her first start since September 25, when she scored a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory as the 11-10 choice in the 400-yard, $171,070 New Mexico State Fair Breeders' Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs. The filly is out of Total Miracle, a 15-year-old winning daughter of champion Dean Miracle who ran third in two graded stakes at Albuquerque and SunRay Park in 2005.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Princess Jesse has earned $297,535, including $251,375 this year.

Astica, the 2015 champion sophomore filly, earned $18,700 from her runner-up effort. The 4-year-old mare was coming off of a dominating 3 1/4-length victory in the 400-yard, $140,000 New Mexico Filly & Mare Championship (RG1) at Zia Park on November 23.

Teana Fay, Sandys Jesse, Get Down Bambi, Bl Corona, Sweet Splenda, My Royal Highness, and Sixie Won completed the order of finish.

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