Time For Jesse Lee recorded his first stakes victory on California soil and second stakes win of his career following a sparkling effort in the $16,000 Uncas Handicap on Saturday at the Orange County track.
Ridden by Cesar De Alba for trainer Monty Arrossa, Time For Jesse Lee led from start to finish to post a half-length victory over the returning Mesa Marvel in the 350-yard contest. Owned and bred by Jim Walker, Time For Jesse Lee covered the distance in :17.386 and picked up his seventh victory in 13 starts. His winning time was less than 3/100ths of a second shy of the meet’s fastest at this distance of :17.358. The Ocean King posted the meet’s top time in the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes trials on February 1.
Bred in Idaho, Time For Jesse Lee had previously finished second in a trio of stakes races at Los Alamitos. The gelding by Mr Jesse Lee was the runner-up in the John Deere California Juvenile, Wild West Futurity and John Deere Juvenile Championship on Bank of America Racing Challenge Night. However, this was not the first stakes win of his career. Time For Jesse Lee previously won the Gem County Futurity at Emmett Race Track in Idaho. Time For Jesse Lee earned $8,800 for the win to his career total to $93,887.
Ed Allred’s Mesa Marvel earned $3,600 for running second in the Uncas. The gelding by Foose was making his first start since an allowance victory here on October 18. Scott Willoughby, who trains Mesa Marvel, also saddled third place finisher Sadie Sis for Allred. Ima Foose and Flying Top Fueler completed the field.