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April 29, 2012
Edilberto Estrada’s Little Bit Southern came through as the 6-5 favorite on Sunday to capture the $85,000 Four Corners Senora Stakes (RG3) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at SunRay Park. The 5-year-old daughter of Southern Corona broke sharply from post one as the 6-5 favorite and battled all the way to the wire before prevailing by a neck in :19.362 for 400 yards with L. Martinez in the irons for trainer Victor Rodriguez-Flores.
This marked the second career stakes victory for Little Bit Southern, who Estrada acquired for just $6,250 out of a claiming race in December 2010. Since that time, the mare has captured the $110,000 Lou Wooten Handicap (RG1) and placed in two other stakes while earning just over $200,000 of her $247,900 career bankroll.
Little Bit Southern was bred by Patricia and Richard Shearer and she is one of four winners out of the Streakin La Jolla mare Averys Little Bit. Little Bit Southern is the second-leading runner sired by the Shearers’ stallion Southern Corona, a stakes-placed son of Corona Cartel. Southern Corona’s leading earner is First Corona Call, a Grade 2-winning and Grade 1-placed gelding bred and campaigned by the Shearers.
Royal Dream Ranch LLC’s Wish You Had One To, a Stel Corona filly claimed earlier this year for $10,000, picked up a check for $18,700 with a second-place finish. Wonwabbitwon, a mare by Rabbits Rainbow, took third in her stakes debut for owner Sierra Moseley.
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