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Jessica Is Back Heads Sugar Swirl

Jessica Is Back Takes the Ocala Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jessica Is Back, winner of the Princess Rooney (gr. I) at Calder last summer, tops a well-balanced field of 10 fillies and mares entered in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 15 at Gulfstream Park.

Jessica Is Back is one of two mares making their first start in the six-furlong race since finishing unplaced in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I). Jessica Is Back and Moontune Missy finished ninth and 12th, respectively, behind Dubai Majestyin the Nov. 5 Filly & Mare Sprint.

Trained by Marty Wolfson for Farnsworth Stables, Jessica Is Back has won 12 of 46 lifetime starts, with 17 placings and earnings of $796,765. In addition to the Princess Rooney, the 7-year-old daughter of Put It Back   also won the state-bred restricted Ocala Stakes at Gulfstream last season.

Jessica Is Back, who will have Elvis Trujillo aboard, is one of three mares top-weighted at 123 pounds. The other two are grade II winners Tar Heel Mom and Hilda's Passion.

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