Jessa Little Rusty Wins Remington Distance Championship

The 6-year-old Mr Jess Perry gelding gets up at the wire for his second graded stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Making his season debut, Louis Howard's Jessa Little Rusty wins Saturday's 870-yard Remington Park Distance Championship. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Jessa Little Perry overcame post 6 and a layoff of more than five months to win Saturday's $50,165 Remington Park Distance Championship (G3).

Prepped by John Stinebaugh for owner Louis Howard of Kerrville, Texas, Jessa Little Perry covered 870 yards in :45.659, and his winning margin was a head from Mixed Fantasy. Ricky Ramirez rode the 6-year-old bay son of champion Mr Jess Perry.

Jessa Little Perry was bred in Texas by Clyde Wilmott. The gelding was making his first start since December 19, when he ran second in the IP 870 Stakes at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana.

Jessa Little Perry has won six of his 28 races, and the $30,000 winner's share of the Remington Park Distance Championship purse pushed his bankroll to $160,287. His three career stakes victories include a 3 1/2-length win in the 2014 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows.

Cjs Rocksolid, Jess Twice Cash, Droppin Timber, Jmf Shazoomer, and Youvebeenhenried completed the order of finish. Fire On The Fly, the morning-line favorite, was scratched.

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