Princess Jesse Reigns Over New Mexico State Fair Breeders' Derby Trials

The homebred filly wins by one length at Albuquerque Downs on Sunday.

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Vance Mikkelson's Princess Jesse was all alone at the wire in the first of two New Mexico State Fair Breeders' Derby trials on Sunday. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Multiple graded stakes winner Princess Jesse posted the fastest qualifying time to the September 25, $100,000-added New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Alfredo Sigala for owner and trainer Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, Princess Jesse on Sunday won the first of two 400-yard trials by one length in :19.550. The homebred daughter of Jesse James Jr was winning for the fifth time in 11 outs and pushing her earnings to $161,000, of which $114,840 has been banked this year.

Princess Jesse was coming off of a Ruidoso Downs campaign during which she defeated older state-bred competition in the 400-yard, $50,000 Zia Handicap (RG2) on July 31. Earlier this year, the filly scored a neck victory in the 350-yard, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park.

Second-fastest qualifier Chickaloni won the second heat by neck in :19.641. Jose Enrique Ortiz rode the graded stakes winning Jess A Chicks filly for brothers David Hinkins and Ross Hinkins of Orangevale, Utah, and trainer Larry Chavez.

Chickaloni was acquired as a yearling for $7,500 at the 2014 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs, and she has earned $223,873 from 12 starts. Chickaloni is a half sister to Machismo Moon, who on Saturday recorded the fastest qualifying time to the September 25, $100,000-added La Fiesta Futurity at this track.

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