2019 AQHA Champion Filly Cartel Jess Rockin Retired
AQHA Racing Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Cartel Jess Rockin has been retired.

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2019 AQHA Champion Filly Cartel Jess Rockin Retired

LOS ALAMITOS, CA—MARCH 21, 2020, 2020—Trainer John Cooper announced on Tuesday afternoon that Cartel Jess Rockin will not race in the Los Alamitos Oaks and will be retired after having successful surgery to repair a leg fracture that occurred during the running of her trial to the Los Alamitos Oaks on March 7.

Cooper reported that the 2019 AQHA champion filly is doing great and will be heading to Firth Ranch this weekend to begin her rehabilitation.

Owned by the late Ron Hartley and his wife, Jeryl, Cartel Jess Rockin won the 2019 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Ridden by Juan Pablo Leon, Cartel Jess Rockin won the Two Million by ¾ lengths at odds of 20-1. She also qualified to the Los Alamitos Winter Derby and Los Alamitos Oaks in 2020 and competed in last year’s Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity and Governor’s Cup Futurity.

Bred by Reed Land & Cattle/Levings Racing, the daughter of Favorite Cartel out the Feature Mr Jess mare Feature Jess Rockin won four of 12 starts and earned close to $850,000 in her racing career. The Hartleys purchased her for $18,000 at the 2018 Heritage Place Sale.

“She was a dandy on the racetrack,” John Cooper said. “She wanted to everything right and she often did. She’ll be a great dam. She had a fracture and needed to have pin inserted. She’ll be going home this weekend to start the next phase of her life. I’ll miss her but look forward to seeing her babies for years to come.”

Cartel Jess Rockin was also named the PCQHRA champion 2-year-old filly last year.

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