EG High Desert Farms’ Jess Ravin posted her second impressive victory from along the rail this season after cruising to a 1 ¼ length victory in the$25,000 La Pacifica Handicap on Friday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Yanet Rodriguez, Jess Ravin flew away from the gate and was never challenged from there while defeating a field that included the red-hot Maggie Durant and Jess Good Reason, which had beaten Jess Ravin in the La Primera Del Ano Derby in their last start. The Corona Cartel filly covered the 350 yards in:17.563 while improving to three wins in six career starts.
“I was standing behind the gate,but I saw that she got a clean start,” said Rodriguez, who ponies Jess Ravin. “She was standing pretty good. There was a little bit of action in the gate, butgood thing is that she never lost hear head. I think we had the advantage in that she broke well.”
Jess Ravin showed that she loved the rail back on February 21 when she scored an outstanding 2 ¼ length victory in her season debut against allowance company. Bred by You and Me Partners,Jess Ravin then ran second in a trial to the La Primera Del Ano before finishing second in the final to Jess Good Reason.
“It looked like Jess Good Reason got bumped at the start so that help us a lot,” said EG High Desert Farms’ Enrique Gonzalez. “Jess Ravin is in some derbies this season so we’re excited to see what the year has in store for this filly.”
Jess Ravin is eligible to run in the trials to the Golden State Derby and trials to the Los Alamitos Super Derby. She earned $13,750 for the win to take her lifetime earnings to $62,837.
Spackman Racing and Lin Melton’s Maggie Durant finished second in the La Pacifica, her first loss in five outings this year. The runner-up effort was an impressive result considering that this was her first stakes appearance ever. She earned $5,625 for the running second. Eduardo Nicasio piloted her for Melton.
Clemente Hurtado’s Zendaya, the winner of the Long Beach Handicap last year, finished in third place. Reason Enough, Tough Broad, Shes A Temptation, Miss Special Regard, Jess Good Reason,and Strawfinders Jessee completed the field.
Friday’s action feature a quartet of races for 2-year-olds. Bobby Cox’s Luckjury, a Corona Cartel filly won the first race for juveniles of the evening by a half-length for trainer Paul Jones. Luckjury’s mother is Jess A Lil Bit More, the winner of the 2007 Dash For Cash Derby. Luckjury is a full sister to Gold Rrrush, a finalist to the $144,000 Firecracker Derby in 2012. Luckjury’s winning time was a solid :15.643.
Steve Burns’ Bye The Fire, a Walk Thru Fire colt out of Sweet Bye And Bye, won the fourth race on Friday. Bye The Fire is the mother of 2008 Rainbow Derby and Ruidoso Derby runner-up Strong Hope and All American Gold Cup winner Dashin Bye. Bye The Fire covered the distance in :15.673. Jack and Leslie Hale’s Apollitical Jewel won the third race of the night for 2-year-olds. The Apollitical Jess filly posted a hard-fought nose victory in a time of :15.737 for trainer Juan Aleman. Apollitical Jewel is a half-sister of Heza Royal Scooter, a three-time stakes finalist at Turf Paradise.
The fourth and final race of the night for 2-year-olds went to Junior’s Quarter Horses, Inc.’s One American Eagle trained by Arnulfo Ascensio, Jr. and ridden by Jose Nicasio. One American Eagle posted a half-length victory while covering the distance in :15.792.Sired by One Dashing Eagle, the colt’s is out of Allamericandreamgirl, which makes him a half-brother to 2010 Ruidoso Futurity winner and champion American Runaway.