Rg Miracle headlines strong NM Breeders Stakes

Steve Bortstein
Special to The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Shirley Grisham's Rg Miracle, last year's winner of the New Mexico Breeders' Futurity at SunRay Park and Casino, looks for his first win in this calendar year as the 3-to-1 morning-line favorite in Friday's $46,200 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes, the featured race on a strong program that begins at 3 p.m.

Princess Jesse, shown here winning the Sunburst Stakes at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on April 3, will try and win her second straight race for trainer Vance Mikkelson in today's $46,200 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes at SunRay Park and Casino in Farmington.

Rg Miracle, a four-time winner from 10 career starts and earner of more than $189,000, came back to the races off a four-month layoff to finish second behind Unfinished Biz in the Animas Quarter Horse Stakes here on opening day. Trained by Ken Grisham and slated to be ridden by Jimmy Coates, Rg Miracle has never finished worse than second in four starts over the local strip.

A 3-year-old gelded son of Hearts Miracle, Rg Miracle has finished first or second in all but one of his lifetime starts, over a sloppy racetrack in December at Sunland Park.

A two-time stakes winner, Rg Miracle drew the No. 2 post in the 10-horse field for the Breeders' Stakes, which has a scheduled post time of 5:48 p.m.

The 4-to-1 second choice in the 400-yard dash is Princess Jesse, coming off a most recent win in last month's Grade 3 Sunburst Stakes at Sunland Park. The daughter of Jesse James Jr., owned and trained by Vance Mikkelson, has won three times from seven career starts and has earned more than $115,000.

Princess Jesse will be ridden once again by Alejandro Medellin, who guided her to victory in the Sunburst Stakes. They will break from post 7 in the Breeders' Stakes.

The field, from the rail out, with riders and morning-line odds looks like this: Sweet Splenda, Martin Bourdieu, 12-1; Rg Miracle, Coates, 3-1; Super Star Smith, Felipe Garcia-Luna, 8-1; Frank N Jesse, Bonifacio Perez, 5-1; A Blazin Flash, Jose Enriquez, 8-1; Carson City Girl, 12-1; Princess Jesse, Medellin, 4-1; Major Bites, Alonso Rivera, 10-1; Miss Ravens Wood, Jose Ruiz, 8-1; Jesses Leader, Adan Fuentes, 10-1.

Steve Bortstein hosts "First Sports" and "The Fast Track" on Fox Sports 1340 AM and 93.9 FM and on iHeartRadio. He serves as paddock show host at SunRay Park & Casino and is a voting member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Follow him @fox1340am on Twitter.