Princess Jesse to Make Season Debut in Sunland's Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap

The homebred 4-year-old mare brings a three-race win streak into Saturday's stakes at Sunland Park.

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Vance Mikkelson's Princess Jesse, pictured here winning last year's New Mexico Breeders' Derby, is one of 12 state-bred sprinters entered in Saturday's Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Princess Jesse, a homebred daughter of Jesse James Jr owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson of Belen, New Mexico, will make her 4-year-old debut in Saturday’s 350-yard, $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park.

Princess Jesse brings in a three-race win streak that includes a 1 1/4-length victory in the September 25, 400-yard New Mexico State Fair Breeders’ Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs, and a head win in the December 31, 400-yard Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG1) at Sunland Park. The mare drew the rail post and will be ridden by Alfredo Sigala.

Other contenders include Seeyalateralligator, a homebred 5-year-old son of Winners Version trained by Wes Giles for owners Ezra Lee and Jason Giles. The gelding will be shortening in distance off of his neck victory as the 2-1 favorite in the 440-yard, $85,000 Dona Ana County Stakes (R) at Sunland Park on January 29.

The 3-1 morning-line favorite, Seeyalateralligator drew post 5 and will be ridden by Salvador Martinez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Princess Jesse (Alfredo Sigala, 126), 7-2
Play Misty Foreme (Jose Luis Enriquez, 123), 6-1
Teana Fay (Jaime P. Leos, 124), 8-1
Justified By Chicks (Esgar Ramirez, 123), 9-2
Seeyalateralligator (Salvador Martinez, 127), 3-1
Frank N Jesse (Alejandro Medellin, 122), 10-1
Major Moonflash (Adrian Ramos, 122), 10-1
Seis Menudos (Raul Herrera, 123), 12-1
Booyah Bay (Jose Ortiz, 123), 12-1
Jess Cruzin On By (Sergio Becerra Jr., 124), 10-1
AE-Jess Rueben James (Mauro Salcedo, 122), 20-1
AE-A Super Sonic Boom (Oscar Cordova, 121), 30-1

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