Jess Ravin Takes Miss Princess Crown

The 4-year-old mare earns her sixth stakes win at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

EG High Desert Farms' Jess Ravin wins Saturday's Miss Princess Handicap at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Jess Ravin, a 4-year-old Corona Cartel mare racing for Enrique Gonzalez's EG High Desert Farms, was a prompt 7-10 favorite in Saturday's $35,000 Miss Princess Handicap (G3) for distaffers at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Yanet Rodriguez, Jess Ravin went 350 yards in :17.535 under jockey Jesus Ayala. The mare's victory marked her sixth stakes win at Los Alamitos, making her only the 67th horse in history to win six or more stakes at the southern California track.

Jess Ravin has won her last three races, all against stakes company, since her eighth-place finish in the 400-yard, $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G1) on January 8.

Only 47 Quarter Horses have won seven or more stakes at Los Alamitos. World champions and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame members Charger Bar and Kaweah Bar are the track's all-time leading stakes winners with 18 each.

“I can’t ask more from her,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve always had high hopes for her. This might be her last year. She will probably get turned out next year to be a broodmare, but you know we have to take it day by day.

"We have a couple of races lined up for her; we’ll see how she pulls up," she added. "We want to take advantage of still having her around. I don’t try to run her often. We try to have some gaps in between her starts so that we can keep her fresh. She’s been here on the grounds since last year so we want to keep her a fresh horse.”

Jess Ravin was bred in Oklahoma by You and Me Partners. A $68,000 buy at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, the mare has won nine of 15 starts, including two graded stakes, and the $19,250 winner's share of the Miss Princess purse increased her earnings to $147,941.

Time For Jess finished second, a half of a length behind Jess Ravin. All Right Now, Zendaya, Apollitical Dasher, Bring Me Home, Rutila, Micheles Jess, and Unfinished Biz completed the order of finish.

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