Jesscuzican Favored in Two Rivers

Grade 1-placed runner favored in Two Rivers.

Q-Racing Journal

Darin Burt’s homebred Jesscuzican comes off a second-place run in the $200,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) to be the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the $45,000 Two Rivers Stakes (G3) on Saturday night at Prairie Meadows.

Jesscuzican (Feature Mr Jess-Covenant Confirmer by Stoli) was second in his three starts this summer at Ruidoso Downs after finishing in a dead heat for the win through a disqualification in the $104,480 Bank of America Sunland Park Challenge (G2) back in April.

The win in the Bank of America Sunland Park Challenge qualified Jesscuzican to the Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) on October 18. The Two Rivers start serves as a prep for an expected start in the Bank of America Challenge Championship under the care of trainer Kasey Willis.

Last summer at Ruidoso Downs, trained by Wes Giles, Jesscuzican finished second behind Jody Pops Zoomer in the $30,000 Higheasterjet Stakes (G3) and the $20,000 Mr Jet Moore Stakes (G3). He was then beaten by a neck for second in the All American Gold Cup, his most recent start on August 30.

The 5-year-old Jesscuzican is having his best year with two wins and four seconds from eight starts.

Stacy Martin’s homebred Eye A Spit Curl Girl (Spit Curl Jess-Thisdimplesaniopener by Mr Eye Opener) impressed in her Prairie Meadows debut in the $51,750 Keokuk Stakes (G3). The Randy Hill-trained four-year-old finished in a dead heat for second in her only 2014 start.

Last year, Eye A Spit Curl Girl was third in the $253,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby.

Irene Velasquez’s A Will And Away (Spit Curl Jess-Fly By The Mall by Strawfly Special) returns to the stakes division after a pair of wins at Prairie Meadows. The Verle Bohner-trained gelding won a conditioned allowance race and then a conditioned $10,000 optional-claiming race.

Jim Walker’s homebred Time For Jesse Lee (Mr Jesse Lee-Time For Noble by Mescallero Chick) shipped to Prairie Meadows after a successful summer at Les Bois Park. He won the $41,000 Bitterroot Derby and was third in the $36,000 Adequan Les Bois Derby Challenge for trainer Monty Arrossa.

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