Jess Good Reason Upsets Charger Bar

The 4-year-old mare outruns her 10-1 odds Sunday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Jess Good Reason earned her third graded stakes win in Sunday's Grade 1, 400-yard Charger Bar Handicap. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Jess Good Reason, a 4-year-old daughter of Good Reason Sa racing for John and Cina Sperry, led at every call en route to a half-length victory in Sunday's $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G1) for distaffers at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Oscar Peinado for trainer Paul Jones, Jess Good Reason went 400 yards in :19.584 and earned a 96 speed index. The mare, who was sent to post at odds of 10-1 in the full field of 10, paid a $23.40 win mutuel and banked the $50,000 winner's share of the purse.

Jess Good Reason ended her 3-year-old campaign with a 10th-place finish in the December 18, 400-yard Southern California Derby (G2). In that race, the mare unseated Peinado out of the gate.

"She's had a few things happen at the start of her races," Jones said. "It's been something we've been working with her to improve. We just want her to get a good break.

"It's a real credit to having a good gate crew at Los Alamitos," the trainer added. "They go out of their way to do a good job. They do a great job working with horses in the gate. It paid off for me tonight."

Jess Good Reason was bred in Oklahoma by Preston and Karen Cloud. Her dam, Jess Call Me Tieing, is a winning 13-year-old daughter of Feature Mr Jess. The mare traces back to her fourth dam, Quik, an Oklahoma-bred mare by the Tiny Charger stallion Sir Winsalot who was a multiple stakes winner in the late 1970s.

Raced exclusively in California, Jess Good Reason has won eight of 17 outs and has earned $333,652. Two of her four stakes scores came during her sophomore season, as the mare collected wins in the 400-yard, $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) on October 29, and the April 2, 400-yard La Primera del Ano Derby (G3) for 3-year-old fillies.

Jones indicated that Jess Good Reason might make her next start in the 400-yard Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) trials on January 22.

"We'll play it by ear," he said. "We might get an embryo or two out of her."

Send Me This Wagon ran second to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $208.40. Little Talks, Bf Fooserageous, Time For Jess, Time For Wine, Sass Me Blue, Jess Ravin, Quirky, and Thermonuclear Energy completed the order of finish.

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