Princess Jesse Wins Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap

The homebred mare wins by three-quarters of a length at Sunland Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Mikkelson Racing's Princess Jesse sprinted to a three-quarter length win in Saturday's $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Princess Jesse, a homebred 4-year-old Jesse James Jr mare owned by Mikkelson Racing LLC of Belen, New Mexico, led at every call en route to a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG2) for state-bred distaffers at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Alfredo Sigala for trainer Vance Mikkelson, Princess Jesse covered 400 yards in :19.403. In addition to posting a 92 speed index, the mare banked the $51,000 winner's share of the $85,000 purse from her fifth career stakes win.

Princess Jesse was coming off of a sixth-place finish in the 400-yard, $140,000 New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship (RG1) at Zia Park on November 22. The mare has won nine of 18 starts and has banked 391,415, and her stakes resume includes a head victory in last year's Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap.

Princess Jesse returned a $9 win mutuel as the 7-2 third choice in the field of nine. Straw Fly Flower, a 40-1 longshot, ran second to complete a $2 exacta dividend of $194.40.

Running Dragon, the 7-5 favorite, finished third and was followed by Carson City Girl, Princess Jessie Jane, First Vegas Moon, Lady Version, First Moon Fire, and Sixie Won.

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