11/07/2011 1:43PM

Los Alamitos: Miss Racy Jess earns Champion of Champions berth in Super Derby


LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - Miss Racy Jess, a troubled seventh in the 2010 All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, won the first major stakes of her career in Sunday’s $987,350 Los Alamitos Super Derby for 3-year-old Quarter Horses.

The victory gave Miss Racy Jess an automatic berth for the $750,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos on Dec. 10, a race that often determines the World Champion Quarter Horse of the year.

Ridden by Ricky Ramirez, Miss Racy Jess ($11.20) won the 400-yard Super Derby by a half-length over One Sweet Jess, finishing in 19.76 seconds. Jess Before Dawn, a 20-1 shot, finished third. The first three finishers were sired by Mr Jess Perry. Flying Fig, the 8-5 favorite, finished fifth in the field of 10.

Miss Racy Jess has won 6 of 10 starts and $466,363 for Burnett Ranches and Johnny Trotter. Trey Wood, 23, trains Miss Racy Jess. Wood, the son of prominent New Mexico-based trainer Blane Wood, won his first stakes at Los Alamitos in the Super Derby.