Time For Jess Headlines Grade 3 Las Damas Handicap

The Idaho-bred mare is the morning-line choice for Saturday's feature at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Time For Jess, pictured here winning last year's Southern California Derby, will make her next start in Saturday's Las Damas Handicap. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Spackman Racing's Time For Jess, a bay daughter of Apollitical Jess trained by Lin Melton, will prep for the December 16, $750,000 Champion of Champions in Saturday's 400-yard Las Damas Handicap (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Time For Jess will be making her first start since December 24, when the Idaho-bred mare scored a nose victory in the 400-yard, $100,000 Mildred N. Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1). That victory earned Time For Jess a berth in the Champion of Champions.

Melton has said in the past that Time For Jess doesn't like to train up to her races.

"She prefers racing," the trainer said.

Time For Jess has earned $98,745 from seven starts this season, all at Los Alamitos. Cesar DeAlba will ride the mare from post 7 in the Las Damas.

Jess Mas will be facing distaffers again off of her fourth-place finish, one length behind winner Chazaq, in the 400-yard, $956,000 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1). Elena Andrade trains the homebred 3-year-old One Sweet Jess filly for owners Oscar Andrade and Steve D. Burns.

Jess Mas drew post 10 and will be ridden by Juan Carlos Ramirez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
Strawfinders Jessee (Oscar Peinado, 122), 15-1
Thermonuclear Energy (Eduardo Nicasio, 124), 6-1
Apollitical Dasher (Carlos Huerta, 120), 30-1
Jess A Lil Fishy (Jose M. Nicasio, 121), 20-1
You Can Fly (Jesus Rios Ayala, 122), 10-1
Brimmin Corona (G. Jairo Rangel, 122), 20-1
Time For Jess (Cesar DeAlba, 126), 8-5
Maggie Durant (Ramon Sanchez, 124), 10-1
Elicity (Cody Jensen, 122), 12-1
Jess Mas (Juan Carlos Ramirez, 123), 2-1

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