Q-Racing Blog: Racehorses in Jessies First Down's Pedigree

The reigning world champion has power in his pedigree.

A look at the distinguished pedigree of reigning world champion Jessies First Down.

Ted Abrams’ homebred Jessies First Down rallied with three Grade 1 wins in his final three 2016 starts to earn the 2016 world championship. Each of those Grade 1 wins came at 440 yards at three different tracks to further cement his world championship credentials.

Jessies First Down, from champion trainer Judd Kearl’s barn, won the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) at Lone Star Park by 1 1/2 lengths, the $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1) by a head, and he made it even closer in $350,000 The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) with a nose victory.

The gelding has the pedigree to get the quarter-mile wins at the highest level because he has racehorses in his lineage.  Jessies First Down is sired by Fdd Dynasty and out of the Mr Jess Perry daughter Jess A Classy Lassy. Jess A Classy Lassy was bred by Abrams and her dam Mighty Classy Lassy was purchased by Abrams and was bred by Connie Hall, trainer of 1993 All American Futurity winner A Classic Dash. Mighty Classy Lassy was sired by A Classic Dash.

Fdd Dynasty is sired by First Down Dash and out of Grade 1 winner Dinastia Toll (Brz). A Classic Dash was sired by First Down Dash, therefore Jessies First Down is bred 2x4 to world champion First Down Dash, the all-time leading sire of money earners.

Making all of his 11 starts at Los Alamitos at the highest level, Fdd Dynasty made only one start at 440 yards. That was his final out in the 2007 Champion of Champions (G1). The grand-looking colt was sent off as the 3-1 favorite and finished a troubled third behind 2007 world champion Blues Girl Too, who set the then track record of :21.132. That broke the legendary 440-yard track record of :21.17 set by Dash For Cash — the sire of First Down Dash — in the 1976 Champion Of Champions.

Trained by Mike Joiner and son Cody, Fdd Dynasty answered every call when racing. At two, he won the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1), was second in the Los Alamitos Two Million (G1) and third in the Golden State Million Futurity (G1). At three, he won the Go Man Go Handicap (G1) and the Governor’s Cup Derby (RG1) before his third-place run in the Champion of Champions.

He was honored as the 2006 champion two-year-old colt and the 2007 champion three-year-old colt.

Fdd Dynasty is a half-brother to four stakes winners, three stakes-placed runners and a full brother to s stakes-placed competitor. He is a half-brother to the dam of $1,519,800 All American Derby (G1) winner Apollitical Blood.

The sire of champion Kates Dynasty among his 49 stakes winners, Fdd Dynasty stands at Bob Moore Farms in Norman, Oklahoma.

“I’m a good friend of Billy Smith (co-owner of Fdd Dynasty),” said Abrams. “I wanted to breed her to a horse that would stretch her out (add more distance ability to pedigree). Fdd Dynasty would do that and I like the way he looks, has more of a thoroughbred look.”

Jessies First Down’s female family traces to Miss Mighty Mary, his fourth dam. At two, she made her first three starts in the claiming ranks (as low as $8,000) and then she won the Ed Burke Futurity (G2), Sunland Park Fall Futurity (G2) and the Pacific Handicap (G3). At three, she was third in the Anne Burnett Invitational Handicap (G1). The filly that could have been bought for $8,000 ended up earning $331,749.

Miss Mighty Mary produced Miss Mighty Casady, the third dam of Jessies First Down, by Casady Casanova. Never winning or placing in a stakes race, Miss Mighty Casady qualified for six graded stakes, including the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1) and the Southern California Derby (G1).

Miss Mighty Casady is the dam of Mighty Classy Lassy, the second dam of Jessies First Down. Mighty Classy Lassy did her best work at Sam Houston Race Park with a second in the Sam Houston Futurity (G1) and a fourth-place run in the Sam Houston Derby (G2).

“I bought Mighty Classy Lassy from Connie Hall at the Vessels sale,” said Abrams. “I think I gave $20,000 for her. Later, I dispersed my horses and she was the only one I kept. Just about everything I’ve bred traces to her.”

Jessies First Down’s dam Jess A Classy Lassy was an eye-catching two-year-old at Ruidoso Downs in 2007. She made her Ruidoso Downs debut in her second career start in the Rainbow Futurity (G1) trials. The filly destroyed her rivals with a late rush to won by an expanding two-and-three-quarter lengths. She then was bumped at the start of the Rainbow Futurity and settled for sixth place at 3-1 odds. In her final Ruidoso Downs’ out, she was eliminated at the start of her All American Futurity trial and finished seventh.

Jess A Classy Lassy only made six career starts.

“She had bad knees,” said Abrams. “We could have cleaned her up and kept racing, but we thought she would be a good broodmare and we send her to the broodmare band."

In addition to Jessies First Down, Jess A Classy Lassy produced All American Futurity (G1) and Ruidoso Futurity (G1) qualifier Jess A Zoomin by Shazoom.

Jessies First Down has a pedigree that would make an impressive catalog page, however, at the most fundamental level, Jessies First Down has a pedigree filled with racehorses.

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