LARC NEWS Posted: 5/13/2018 11:35:40 PM


             For the second straight year and a record fourth time overall, top racing operation EG High Desert Farms won the Miss Princess Handicap after Jess Hawk outdueled Designs By Dynasty by a ½ length on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

EG High Desert Farms won the Miss Princess last year with the talented multiple stakes winner Jess Ravin. The Temecula, California-based operation had previously won the Miss Princess in in 2008 with Clydette Mia and 2002 with Pure Rhythm. David Plummer, who campaigned three-time Miss Princess Handicap winner Finely Tuned, and Abigail Kawananakoa, who won it with Significant Heart in 2014, Perrier Cartel in 2012, and Showmethedash in 2000, are the only other owners to have also won at least three running of this 350-yard race.

Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Jesus Nunez, Jess Hawk scored the second stakes win of her career and first since winning the 2016 Pat Hyland Handicap after outlasting Terrific Energy Handicap winner Designs By Dynasty in the Grade 3, $50,000 Miss Princess. This is the richest running of the Miss Princess since the aforementioned Clydette Mia won the $50,000 Miss Princess in ’08. Jess Hawk’s win in the Miss Princess is also an exclamation point to what has already been a strong campaign for the talented mare. Bred by EG High Desert Farms, Jess Hawk finished third behind superstars BH Lisas Boy and Zoomin For Spuds in the Grade 1 Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship on February 11 and was second to Designs By Dynasty in the Terrific Energy and to Strawfinders Jessee when breaking from the rail in the Mini Rock Handicap. Moving to the outside post eight for this race, Jess Hawk broke sharply but then lugged in badly throughout, but still managed to come out on top. She covered the distance in :17.449. Jess Hawk earned $$27,500 for the win to take her career earnings to $135,213. She’s won six of 16 career starts while running in the money in 13 of those outings.

Carlos Avalos’ Designs By Dynasty earned $11,250 for her second place finish. Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio and saddled by Yanet Rodriguez, Designs By Dynasty has now earned $56,898 in her career. Ed Allred’s Tough To Figure, the runner-up in the La Primera Del Ano Derby last year, finished third in this race to earn $6,250. Trained by Scott Willoughby, she’s now earned $80,781. Jess Mas, Zendaya, Still Friends, Imaptpie, and Strawfinders Jessee complete the field.    


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