Jessies First Down Wins Grade 1 Refrigerator Handicap
The homebred 5-year-old earns his first Grade 1 win.
September 30, 2016
Ted G. Abrams' Jessies First Down, a homebred 5-year-old son of champion Fdd Dynasty, earned his first Grade 1 victory in Saturday's $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) at Lone Star Park.
Prepped by Judd Kearl, who gave a leg up to jockey Jose Alvarez, Jessies First Down covered 440 yards in :21.316 while pinning a clear 1 1/2-length defeat on runner-up Kw Cowboy. The gelding was sent to post as the 3-5 favorite and returned a $3.20 win mutuel.
Jessies First Down was coming off of a second-place finish to Zoomin Effortlessly in the 440-yard, $200,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) at Ruidoso Downs on September 4. All told, he has won eight of 25 starts -- including three of his last four -- and the $42,750 winner's share of the Refrigerator Handicap purse pushed his earnings to $331,907.
Jessies First Down's season resume includes a victory in the 440-yard, $50,000 Sam Houston Classic Stakes (G2) in May.
Red Corona Warrior finished third, two lengths behind the winner, and was followed by Bar Struck, Dashin Brown Streak, Jrc Callas First, Poker Chip 831, Rockin Disco, and If I Were Famous.
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