Major Bites is Prompt Choice in Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap

The 5-year-old son of Jesse James Jr wins Saturday's Quarter Horse feature at Sunland Park

Q-Racing Journal

Jose Alvarez rode Major Bites to a half-length score in Saturday's Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Israel Bordier's Major Bites, a 5-year-old son of Jesse James Jr, sprinted to a half-length victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Jose Alvarez for trainer Jesus Carrete, Major Bites covered 350 yards in :17.112. In addition to earning a 102 speed index, the bay gelding banked the $51,000 winner's share of the purse from his second stakes win of the current Sunland meet.

Major Bites was shortening in distance off of his 2 1/4-length win in the 440-yard, $85,000 Dona Ana County Handicap (R) on January 28. The gelding was bred by Carlos Paez, and he is out of Dyna Mo Rime, a winning daughter of the Rime stallion Major Rime.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Major Bites has won seven of 22 outs, including three stakes, and he has earned $339,992. The gelding was sent to post as the 3-5 favorite in the full field of 10 and returned a $3.20 win mutuel.

Hot Authorization, the 9-2 second choice, finished second to complete a $9.60 ($2) exacta. Comin To Your Town, Go Daddy Gone, Seis Menudos, Swiss White Wine, Frost Dalena, Frank N Jesse, Lady Version, and Magnifico Dragon completed the order of finish.

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