Sunday, April 29, 2012
A sharp break from her rail post helped Little Bit Southern score a neck victory in Sunday's $85,000 Four Corners Senora Stakes (RG3) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at SunRay Park.
Prepped by Victor Rodriguez for owner Edilberto Estrada, Little Bit Southern covered her 400-yard trip in :19.362 and earned a 94 speed index. The $51,000 winner's share of the purse increased her earnings to $247,900 from 32 starts.
Even though she broke from post 1, Little Bit Southern was positioned in the middle of the track at the wire.
“I knew from looking at her form from Sunland Park that she liked to get out from the rail, but I was OK with that because she has good speed away from the gate and doesn't bother anybody when she does get out,” said jockey Salvador Martinez, who was riding Little Bit Southern for the first time. “So I let her get out a little bit, and when she hooked up with (runner-up) Wish You Had One To, she came back and ran her race.
“She was going really easy at the end,” he added. “I just hit her a couple of times, just to keep her attention on the race.”
Little Bit Southern was bred by Richard and Patricia Shearer of Portales, New Mexico. The bay 5-year-old mare's sire, Southern Corona, is a winning 11-year-old son of the Holland Ease stallion Corona Cartel and the winning and stakes-placed Reb's Policy (TB) mare Southern Policy. Southern Corona ran second in a division of the 870-yard The Woodlands Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park in 2004.
Southern Corona's top runners include First Corona Call, the winner of the March 3, $99,826 West Texas Maturity (G3) at Sunland Park, and Little Southern Swing, the winner of the 2010 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship (R) at Zia Park. Owned by the Shearers, the stallion stands for a $2,000 fee at Dr. Leonard Blach's Buena Suerte Equine in Roswell, New Mexico.
Little Bit Southern's dam, Averys Little Bit, is a 13-year-old daughter of the Streakin Six stallion Streakin La Jolla.
Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, Little Bit Southern has won eight races, including two outs during last year's Zia Park meet. On December 18, the mare scored her first career stakes victory in the 400-yard, $110,000 Lou Wooten Handicap (RG1) at Sunland Park.
Little Bit Southern returned a $4.40 win mutuel as the 6-5 favorite in the field of seven.
Wish You Had One To finished second and was followed by Wonwabbitwon, Snow Regard, Famous Caillie, Blushing Cartel, and Cat Ta Hoola.
Wish You Had One To was claimed for $10,000 on February 25 by her current owners, Royal Dream Ranch LLC. The 3-year-old filly by Stel Corona has won two of 12 starts and has banked $62,184, and her stakes resume includes a third-place finish in the April 14, $110,000 Sunburst Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred sophomore fillies at Sunland Park.
A 5-year-old daughter of the Yawls Rabbit stallion Rabbits Rainbow racing for Sierra Moseley, Wonwabbitwon has earned $73,128 from 12 outs. The one-time $6,500 claimer has won four races, including two against state-bred allowance company.