First N Forever Wins Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap

The sophomore filly gets her first stakes victory

Q-Racing Journal

First N Forever ended her 3-year-old season with a victory in Sunday's Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap. PHOTO: Coady Photography

First N Forever, a sophomore daughter of champion First Moonflash racing for Robert Elliott and Billy L. Smith, earned her first stakes win in Sunday's $85,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park.

Ridden by Felipe Garcia-Luna and aided by a reported 7-mph tail wind, First N Forever covered 400 yards in :19.772, and her margin of victory was a neck from odds-on favorite Mamacita Cartel. Justin Joiner trained the filly, who was winning for the second time in 11 starts.

First N Forever was bred by Mike Abraham, and the filly was a $9,000 purchase at the 2016 New Mexico-Bred Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The filly was coming off of a second-place finish, 1 1/4 lengths behind Mamacita Cartel, in the December 2, 400-yard New Mexico Filly & Mare Championship (RG1) at Zia Park.

The $51,000 winner's share of the purse pushed First N Forever's bankroll to $139,772, of which $122,102 has been pocketed this season.

Regard The Rose ran third and was followed by Moon River, Hollywoodcrown, Everybuddys Talkin, Leftlane, Hardtokiss, and Sixie Won.

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