Jessies First Down is Supreme

Jessies First Down earns Supreme Race Horse title.

Q-Racing Journal

Ted G. Abrams' Jessies First Down, pictured here winning the Zia Park Championship in November, is the latest to earn AQHA Supreme Race Horse honors. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Ted G. Abrams’ homebred gelding Jessies First Down has earned his AQHA Supreme Race Horse title.

The 6-year-old gelding by FDD Dynasty and out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess A Classy Lassy earned three Grade 1 victories in three months’ time, and clinching the award with the most recent start.

The Supreme Race Horse title recognizes a racing American Quarter Horse that during his or her career earns $500,000 or more, wins two or more open Grade 1 stakes races and at least 10 races.

Jessies First Down made his first start in 2013 and found his stride in 2015, notching his very first stakes victory. In 2016, he won the Grade 1 Refrigerator Handicap, Zia Park Championship and Championship at Sunland Park in quick succession.

The most recent victory was also his 10th career victory in 27 career starts, and pushed his earnings to $582,107 to qualify him for the award.

He becomes the 38th horse since 2002 and the 109th horse in total to earn the award (the other awards were given retroactively). Jessies First Down will also be honored at the 2017 Racing Champions Ceremony on January 18 in Oklahoma City.

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