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La Primera del Ano Derby

Terrific First Down wins Grade 3, 400-yard La Primera del Ano Derby.

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Sent to post as the even-money favorite in a field of nine 3-year-old fillies, the Parsons Family Limited Partnership's Terrific First Down responded with a one-length victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $210,000 La Primera del Ano Derby (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Terrific First Down stopped the timer in :19.803 while posting a 92 speed index. Eduardo Nicasio rode the homebred daughter of champion Fdd Dynasty for trainer Chris O'Dell.

Terrific First Down was coming off of a one-length win in the second of two trials on March 9. The filly's victory in the final gave the Parsons family its second consecutive La Primera del Ano Derby victory. The Parsons' A Political Lady won last year's La Primera.

Terrific First Down is out of Terrific Energy, a multiple graded stakes winning 14-year-old daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry.

“She’s always been a special filly,” Jay Parsons said of Terrific First Down. “We know her breeding so we were probably prejudiced, but she’s always been a really good looking filly. Winning this race last year was special, and A Political Lady turned out to be a very nice filly. Terrific First Down finished nicely tonight and to know that she can do that is another special part.”

“When we were breaking the babies last year to qualify, Cody Jensen came to watch them,” O’Dell said. “He watched them all qualify and he said, ‘Right there is one of your runners for sure. I’m not even on her, but I can see that’s a nice one.’ He was referring to Terrific First Down.

"I took my time with her," the trainer added. "I waited and waited and waited. I ran her and she won. I ran her back and she went wicked fast. We ran her a couple of more times, but she lost a little confidence. Then she flipped over down at the barn by accident and knocked her withers down. We had about three (more) races with her and she was kind of uncomfortable.

"It took some time, but now she’s starting to put it together. She’s one of those that can break pretty good, stay out of trouble and finish strong. A lot of horses can’t go 400 or 440, but she can. Those are the good kinds to have. She’s royally bred. FDD Dynasty is one of the best stallions and her dam, Terrific Energy, is a pretty good broodmare.”

Raced exclusively at Los Alamitos, Terrific First Down has won four of 10 starts, and the $88,620 winner's share of the purse from her first stakes victory pushed her bankroll to $131,049. The filly's resume includes a third-place finish in the February 9, 400-yard Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1).

Symbol Of Faith finished second and was followed by Stel A Gambler, You Caught My Eye, No Telling, Anas Image, Favorite Wise Lady, Jess Motions, and Always Dreaming. Sixth-fastest qualifier Selective was scratched.

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