01/12/2011 2:06PM

Stylish Jess Br gets another year of racing


The illustrious career of the champion Stylish Jess Br is far from finished.

The 6-year-old earned another year of racing following her victory in the $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap at Los Alamitos last Saturday. The win ended a three-race losing streak and led owner Benny Rosset and trainer Paul Jones to plan a 2011 campaign.

Jones described Stylish Jess Br’s one-length win in the 400-yard Charger Bar as a “big deciding factor” in whether there would be a 2011 campaign. He said that Rosset “got excited about running her some more. She’s been sound and healthy.”

Ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Stylish Jess Br ($5.80) was timed in 19.29 seconds. A winner of 11 of 28 starts and $795,542, Stylish Jess Br defended her title in the Charger Bar but had won only one race in five subsequent starts since January 2010.

Last year, Stylish Jess Br was off from the end of January, when she finished fourth in a division of the Los Alamitos Winter Championship trials, until August when she won the California Distaff Challenge.

During the break, she was bred via embryo transfer twice, Jones said. The same could occur in coming months, since Rosset and Jones have races such as the Mildred Vessels Handicap on Sept. 17 and AQHA Challenge Distaff Championship on Oct. 29 as long-term goals. Both races are at Los Alamitos.

“We may take one or two embryos this year,” Jones said.

The win in the Charger Bar was a milestone for Stylish Jess Br, the fourth consecutive year in which she has won a Grade 1 race. She won the 2008 Mildred Vessels, the 2009 Challenge Distaff Championship, and the Charger Bar Handicap the last two years.

Jones missed Saturday’s race. Along with Rosset and Rosset’s racing manager, Vince Genco, and their families, he was in Hawaii on vacation. They all watched the race on a computer.

“It made the vacation a lot more fun, winning,” he said.

◗ Jockey Cody Jensen underwent surgery Wednesday for a broken pelvis suffered in a spill Saturday, according to his wife, Amy. Jensen, 35 was injured when Chicks So Rare suffered an undisclosed injury after Saturday’s second race, a maiden claimer. As of Wednesday, it was unclear how long Jensen would be sidelined. He has won 821 races at Los Alamitos in his career and ranked fourth in national earnings last year with $2,757,500.