Jessies First Down Up for the Challenge

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April 12th, 2017

There are no retirement plans for 2016 AQHA world champion Jessies
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Jessies First Down has qualified to the $103,000 Bank of America Texas Challenge on April 22

First Down. Bred and owned by Texan Ted Abrams, Sr., the gelded son of Fdd Dynasty has already won his first race of 2017, a trial race for the $103,000 Bank of America Texas Challenge on March 31.

On Saturday, April 22, the striking bay 6-year-old will return to Sam Houston Race Park in hopes of winning the Grade 1 final, which grants the regional champion a berth into the $330,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) in October. This year's championship races will take place at Prairie Meadows in Iowa.

There will be plenty more racing for Jessies First Down this year, according to Abrams and trainer Judd Kearl. Providing he comes out of the April 22 Bank of America Texas Challenge in good order, he will be pointed to the $250,000 Remington Park Invitational in May, and then to New Mexico, with potential stakes appearances at Ruidoso Downs or the Downs at Albuquerque.  Several of the key races for older horses offer a
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The Abrams family, trainers Judd Kearl and Jimmy Padgett and jockey Rodrigo Vallejo are honored.

berth to the prestigious $750,000 Champion of Champions in December at Los Alamitos.

“We will run this year as long as he is sound,” said Abrams. “Then we will retire him and he can enjoy his pasture for the rest of his life.”

The draw for the Bank of America Texas Challenge will take place this weekend, and the 440-yard final should be an incredible race. Racing fans in Houston, and at simulcast facilities across the county will be able to see yet another patented closing kick from the reigning world champion!