Jessies First Down Extends Win Streak in Championship at Sunland Park
The homebred 5-year-old gelding earns his third consecutive victory on Saturday.
December 30, 2016
Ted G. Abrams' Jessies First Down, a homebred 5-year-old son of champion Fdd Dynasty, parlayed a sharp break from post 7 into a wire-to-wire win in the $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1) on Saturday.
Ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo for trainer Judd Kearl, Jessies First Down covered 440 yards in :21.232, earning a 94 speed index and defeating odds-on favorite Zoomin Effortlessly by a nose. The gelding was scoring his third consecutive victory at three different tracks, and the $160,200 winner's share of the purse bumped his bankroll to $582,107, of which $430,042 has been pocketed this season.
Jessies First Down's sire, Fdd Dynasty, was the sport's champion 2-year-old colt in 2006 and champion sophomore colt the following season. The Texas-bred gelding's dam, the winning Mr Jess Perry mare Jess A Classy Lassy, was a finalist in Wild Six's '07 Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
Raced in Florida, Texas, and New Mexico this year, Jessies First Down has won seven of his 10 outs, and his five stakes scores include the 440-yard, $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1) on November 23, and the 440-yard, $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) at Lone Star Park on October 1. All told, he has won 10 of 27 starts.
Ferarri Gt finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Jessies First Down, and was followed by Tf Im That Guy, First Valiant Sign, Rattle N Battle, Roman Soldier Cd, Apollitical Ok, and Specials Jess.
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