Solid Field of State-Bred Sophomores Entered in New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes

Recent stakes winner Princess Jesse draws post 7 Friday at SunRay Park.

Vance Mikkelson's Princess Jesse returns in Friday's New Mexico Breeders' Stakes for state-bred 3-year-olds at SunRay Park.

A strong field of state-bred 3-year-olds, headed by recent stakes winner Princess Jesse, has been entered in Friday’s 400-yard, $40,000 New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (R) at SunRay Park.

A homebred daughter of Jesse James Jr racing for Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, Princess Jesse is coming off of a neck victory in the 350-yard, $85,000 Sunburst Stakes (R) for state-bred sophomore fillies at Sunland Park on April 3. The filly has won three of seven starts and has earned $115,860.

Princess Jesse drew post 7 and will be ridden by Alejandro Medellin for trainer Eric Mikkelson. Her nine opponents include stakes winners Carson City Girl and RG Miracle. Carson City Girl, a sorrel filly by Woodbridge trained by Fred Danley for owners David and Sandra Barrett, is coming off of a Sunland Park winter campaign during which she scored a three-quarter length win at odds of 18-1 in the January 17, 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2).

Carson City Girl drew post 6 and will be ridden by Jaime Leos.

RG Miracle, a homebred Hearts Miracle gelding trained by Ken Grisham for owner Shirley Grisham of Albuquerque, drew post 2 and will be ridden by Jimmy Coates. A two-time New Mexico-bred futurity winner during his 2-year-old season, RG Miracle is coming off of a second-place finish against open company in the 400-yard, $30,000 Animas Stakes at SunRay Park on April 22.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Sweet Splenda (J. Martin Bourdieu)
RG Miracle (Jimmy Coates)
Super Star Smith (Felipe Garcia-Luna)
Frank N Jesse (Bonifacio Perez)
A Blazin Flash (Jose Luis Enriquez)
Carson City Girl (Jaime Leos)
Princess Jesse (Alejandro Medellin)
Major Bites (Alonso Rivera)
Miss Ravens Wood (Jose D. Ruiz)
Jesses Leader (Adan Fuentes)

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