Jessies First Down Rolls in Grade 1 Championship at Sunland Park

The homebred gelding extends his Grade 1 winning streak on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Ted G. Abrams' Jessies First Down was a prompt odds-on favorite in Sunday's Grade 1, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Jessies First Down, a homebred 7-year-old son of champion Fdd Dynasty and the sport's world champion the past two seasons, led at every call en route to a one-length victory in Sunday's 440-yard, $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1).

Ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo, Jessies First Down stopped the timer in :21.156, good for a 103 speed index while aided by a reported 6-mph tail wind. Jimmy Padgett prepped the bay gelding for owner Ted G. Abrams of Houston, Texas.

Jessies First Down has won all four of his outs this season, all against Grade 1 company, including the 440-yard, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) in June, and the 440-yard, $250,000 Albuquerque Fall Championship (G1) at Albuquerque Downs on September 23. All told, the gelding has won 19 of 38 starts and has banked $1,624,002, of which $548,638 has been earned this season.

Jessies First Down was sent to post as the 1-2 favorite in the full field of 10 and returned a $3 win mutuel. Jess Bein The Hero, the 4-1 second choice, ran second to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $12.80.

Major Bites finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Jessies First Down, and was followed by Apolltical Chad, Papaws Paint, Firing Tools, High Rate Of Motion, Mr Pyc To You, Mi Amor Secreto, and Valiant Rogue.

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