Jessies First Down Defends Zia Park Championship

The homebred gelding tops the $1-million mark in earnings on Wednesday.

Q-Racing Journal

Jessies First Down scored his 10th stakes win at Zia Park on Wednesday.

Ted G. Abrams' Jessies First Down successfully defended his title in the Zia Park Championship (G1), as the homebred gelding scored a clear 1 3/4-length victory in the 2017 edition of the stakes on Wednesday.

Ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo for trainer Jimmy Padgett, Jessies First Down covered 440 yards in :21.795. The 6-year-old bay son of Fdd Dynasty earned the $90,000 winner's share of the $150,000 purse while posting his 15th win in 33 starts.

Jessies First Down was coming off of a three-quarter length win in the 440-yard, $250,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship at Albuquerque Downs on September 24.

"We're always proud of Jessie," said Abrams. "He's been a phenomenal horse or us. Jimmy and his groom Javier do a wonderful job, and Rodrigo never asks more of him than he needs to."

Abrams said that Jessies First Down will be pointed to the Sunland Park Championship (G1) at the end of the year.

"Hopefully in January, we'll win another world championship title," he added.

Jessies First Down has won 10 stakes, including last year's Sunland Park Championship, and he has banked $1,011,034.

TF Im That Guy, JM Country Man, De La Eagle, Rarin, Magestic Eagle, Machismo Moon, Knockemout Capi, Imperial Eagle, and Watch My Wallet Loto completed the official order of finish.

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