Rideout sent the homebred filly away from the gate firing from post five and she reached the front through the opening panel in :27.4 before yielding the lead to Naughty III and Pete Wrenn. Just Jess was content to sit the pocket through middle fractions of :57.2 and 1:27.1 and waited until the top of the stretch to make her move. Saving her best for last, Just Jess was able to overcome Naughty III late in the lane to win by a length and a quarter..
“I didn’t think I would be leaving, but that’s the way the race worked out,” Rideout noted in the winner’s circle. “She’s a special filly, you can do just about anything you want with her and tonight, she really showed up. This is a special win for us.”
Trained by Doug Rideout, Just Jess notched her second consecutive victory and seventh win of the season from 14 outings. The homebred daughter of Jailhouse Jesse-Glide Sally Glide has now earned $232,583 for owners Alan White and Julie Rideout.