Racing for EG High Desert, the PCQHRA owner of the year in 2016, the talented mare Jess Ravin posted the fourth stakes victory of her career after holding off Summer Dynasty and All Right Now, which dead-heated for second place, in the $15,000 Flare For Toby Handicap on Friday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for trainer Yanet Rodriguez, Jess Ravin led the entire 330-yard race, finishing nicely to score her seventh career win from 13 starts. Bred by You And Me Partners, the Corona Cartel mare covered the distance in :16.685 over a wet fast track.
“She was running a little unsure probably because of the wet track,” Rios Ayala said. “She didn’t fly out of the gate, but she finished very strongly. Sometimes she’s a little nervous in the starting gate, but she was did everything right during warm ups and prior to the race. She really behaved nicely prior to the start. She’s a tremendous mare when she behaves.”
Jess Ravin won the La Pacifica Handicap, Vandy’s Flash Handicap and Las Damas Handicap last year. She also ran second to Grade 1 Charger Bar Handicap winner Jess Good Reason in last year’s La Primera Del Ano Derby and was third to multiple stakes winner Rite Regal in the Grade 2 Golden State Derby. The Grade 1 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap to be held September 24 is likely circled in Jess Ravin’s schedule for 2017, but the Miss Princess Handicap comes first according to her trainer.
“We’ll point her to the Miss Princess (on May 13) so that’s still a ways out,” Rodriguez said. “We’ll look for some races for her between here and there. She’s not paid into a lot of stakes races and this will probably be her final year of racing. We’ll just try to win a few more stakes races with her this year. This is her first time running (on a wet track) and she had been acting up in the gate. We had to get after her.”
Jess Ravin earned $8,250 for the win to take her career earnings to $120,441.
Dutch Masters III’s Summer Dynasty and Carolyn and Ralph Fales’ All Right Now shared the spoils for second after hitting the wire in unison. They each earned $2,625. This is Summer Dynasty’s third runner-up effort in a local stakes event. Trained by Jaime Gomez, she was second in the Wild Honey and Fall For It handicaps. All Right Now has done most of her racing in Arizona for the Fales. Saddled Matthew Fales, she was making her third start at Los Alamitos.
First N Final, Deceptive and Bring Me Home completed the field.