FARMINGTON — Yaneth Cabrera's Pretty Woody Jesse validated the strength of her trial win here on May 9 when she came back with an equally impressive score in Sunday's $130,000 Grade 2 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity in front of over 1,200 fans in attendance at SunRay Park and Casino.
Pretty Woody Jesse, trained by Javier Roman, Jr. and ridden to victory by Tanner Thedford, bounded away from the gate in perfect fashion and maintained a clear advantage the entire length of the stretch, winning by a length over Regal First Moon, ironically the same horse who ran second to the winner when they met here just 16 days earlier.
Pretty Woody Jesse ran the 350 yards in a quick final time of 17.348 seconds over a track listed as muddy due to early morning rain.
Bred by Eloy Duree and winning for the third time in her four-race career, Pretty Woody Jesse picked up $61,000 for her winning effort, increasing her lifetime earnings to over $72,000.
"She got out of the gate perfect," said Thedford after the race. "I really owe it to the team who've done such a good job with her."
Roman, Jr., who took over the training duties of Pretty Woody Jesse from Juan Gonzalez prior to her May 9 trial win, sees a bright future for the filly.
"We're very happy with the way she's come along for us," Roman, Jr., said. "We'll look to see what she can do for us later this year at Zia Park."
Listed as the morning line favorite, Pretty Woody Jesse was sent off as the 3-1 second choice, returning $8 to her backers at the windows.
Favoritism in the New Mexico Breeders' Futurity fell onto Seeyalateralligator, who finished third after a bumpy start under jockey Larry Gamez.
Sent off at odds of 17-10, Seeyalateralligator finished a length behind runner-up Regal First Moon, but was more than a length clear of fourth-place finisher First Power Flash.
Behind that one across the wire were Kays Version, No Strings Attached, Rapido James, MJ Moon Chick and Jess Ask Belle. Kitellas Gal was scratched earlier in the day.
Racing resumes at SunRay Park and Casino on Tuesday with a full slate of thoroughbred action. First post on Tuesday is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.