Blue Gene Harley Class of Mockingbird

Spit Curl Jess gelding looks for a stakes win at Hialeah.

Q-Racing Journal
November 27, 2013

Wade Helton’s Blue Gene Harley, who has competed in three stakes races, makes his first start since a $15,000 claim in the $25,000 Mockingbird Stakes at Hialeah Park on Sunday afternoon.

Blue Gene Harley (Spit Curl Jess-First Prize Corona by Corona Cartel) was picked up out of a Will Rogers Downs claiming race on November 8 by trainer Alfredo Gomez when he finished second by a neck at the Mockingbird distance of 250 yards.

The gelding was disqualified from fourth to seventh in the Remington Park Juvenile (R), qualified for the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3) and John Deere Will Rogers Downs Juvenile Challenge, his final start before being haltered out of his first start in a claiming race.

William Smith’s Jess Like Zoom (Mr Jess Perry-Fast Prize Zoom by Shazoom) has been lightly raced and has responded with two wins from three outs. He won his maiden at first asking back in July at Delta Downs and then did not come back until a sixth-place run in his Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) trial in October. The Frank Elizondo-trained gelding comes into the Mockingbird off a neck win in an Evangeline Downs’ non-winners-winners-of-two allowance race on November 18.

Joe Allen and Dallas Blakley’s JA Jess Elegance (Mr Jess Perry-Golly Zee by Gol) also comes off a win at the non-winners-of-two level. He dominated by 1 1/2 lengths over 330 yards at Lone Star Park. The Judd Kearl-trained filly won her Heritage Place Futurity (G1) trial and then finished sixth in the Heritage Place Juvenile (R).