Princess Jesse Bests Her Elders in Zia Handicap
The homebred 3-year-old filly was a clear winner Sunday at Ruidoso Downs.
July 30, 2016
Princess Jesse, a homebred filly by Jesse James Jr owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, won Sunday's $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs.
Facing older foes for the first time in her nine-race career, Princess Jesse covered 400 yards in :19.766, and her winning margin was a clear 1 1/2-lengths from 7-5 favorite Cinco Menudos. Alfredo Sigala rode the filly, who earned $30,000 from her fourth win and second stakes score.
Princess Jesse was making her first start since May 13, when she ran second in the 400-yard New Mexico Breeders' Stakes (RG2) for state-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park. The filly's dam, Total Miracle, is a winning and multiple graded stakes placed daughter of champion Dean Miracle.
Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Princess Jesse has won four races, including the 400-yard, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (RG3) for sophomore fillies at Sunland Park on April 3, and she has banked $155,100, of which $108,940 has been earned this season.
Osbaldo finished third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Princess Jesse, and was followed by Royally Cute, Dm Nate Dog, Booyah Bay, Grant The Star, and Major Moonflash.
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