Jess My Kiss Upsets Los Alamitos Winter Derby

The homebred gelding outruns his 24-1 odds and scores his first stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Mark and Peggy Brown's Jess My Kiss (blue silks) gave his owners and his trainer, Roman Figueroa, their first Grade 1 wins in Saturday's Los Alamitos Winter Derby. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Sent to post at odds of 24-1, Mark and Peggy Brown's Jess My Kiss responded with a neck victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $215,450 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

Jess My Kiss went 400 yards in :19.715 while earning his first stakes win and the $90,489 winner's share of the purse. Cesar DeAlba rode the homebred son of One Sweet Jess for trainer Roman Figueroa.

Mark and Peggy Brown pose
with the Winter Derby trophy.
PHOTO: Los Alamito

Jess My Kiss is out of Dreaming Of Kisses, a homebred graded stakes winning 10-year-old daughter of the Chicks Beduino stallion Legendary Dreamer and the dam of multiple Grade 1 finalist Kissed By An Eagle. The gelding gave the Browns their first Grade 1 win.

“He’s a homebred that we raised out of our good old mare Dreaming Of Kisses,” Mark Brown said. “She’s been our family pet. We took her to a sale to sell her, but we bought her back.

"We had Jess My Kiss in the Los Alamitos Equine Sale and we wanted $20,000 for him," he added. "We bought him back for $14,000. He’s one of our babies. We raised him. We raised his mother, and his mother’s dad was also a stakes winner at Los Alamitos. We raised him too. It’s been a long time that we’ve been breeding these horses.”

The Browns plans to breed Dreaming Of Kisses to 2012 world champion One Famous Eagle.

“We’re going to get two embryos out of her by One Famous Eagle," Mark Brown said. "Monty Arrossa bought a yearling out of her (now a 2-year-old). The colt is here at Los Alamitos. He’s a nice colt. We had a hard time selling him.”

Raced exclusively in California, Jess My Kiss has won two of 10 starts and has banked $185,102. The gelding was a finalist in last year's Los Alamitos Two-Million (G1) and Ed Burke Million (G1) futurities. Mark Brown said that Jess My Kiss will enjoy some time off and be pointed to the Golden State Derby (G2) trials in August.

“He’s had a long season," he said. "He’s going to go to the Firth Ranch. We’re going to turn him out for at least two months now. He’s in the Golden State Derby trials (in August) and the PCQHRA Breeders Derby and Los Alamitos Super Derby. It’s time for him to rest now.”

Yanque ran second and was followed by 2-1 favorite Moonie Blues, Matilda Czech, CM Boom Shakalaka, Ray Donovan, Ditto Head, Twenty One Gunz, Fire And Sass, and Fenian Faith.

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