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Little Bit Southern Wins Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Handicap
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Edilberto Estrada's Little Bit Southern scored her third career stakes victory in Sunday's 400-yard, $85,000 Lou Wooten & Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG2) for New Mexico-bred distaffers at Sunland Park.

Trained by Miguel Castillo and ridden by Salvador Martinez, Little Bit Southern stopped the timer in :19.078, earning a 94 speed index and the third-fastest winning time in the stakes' 13-year history. The $51,000 winner's share of the purse boosted the 5-year-old mare's bankroll to $314,950 from 35 races.

Little Bit Southern became the third back-to-back winner of the Lou Wooten & Sydney Valentini Handicap, joining H. Joe Schwartz's EJ Heart Talker (2005-06) and Mike Abraham's Blazin N Shakin (2008-09).

Little Bit Southern was bred by Richard and Patricia Shearer of Portales, New Mexico. The mare's sire, Southern Corona, is a winning 11-year-old son of the Holland Ease stallion Corona Cartel who ran second in the 870-yard The Woodlands Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park in 2004.

Southern Corona was a finalist in Blazen Madie's '03 Lazy E Futurity (RG2) at Blue Ribbon Downs in Oklahoma. The stallion's top runners include First Corona Call, the winner of the March 3, $99,826 West Texas Maturity (G2) at Sunland Park, and 870-yard stakes winners Littlesouthernswing and Corona Dream. A full brother to 2003 Ruidoso Derby (G2) winner Southern Cartel, Southern Corona is owned by the Shearers, and he will stand the 2013 season for a $2,000 fee at Dr. Leonard Blach's Buena Suerte Equine in Roswell, New Mexico.

Little Bit Southern is one of four winners from five starters foaled by Averys Little Bit, a 12-year-old mare by Streakin La Jolla and a half sister to stakes winner Streaking Pretty. Little Bit Southern's third dam, the Iowa-bred Mighty Deck mare Go Go Deck, was a two-time stakes winner during the 1973 Park Jefferson meet in South Dakota.

Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, Little Bit Southern has won nine races, including the April 29, 400-yard Four Corners Senora Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park. The mare was coming off of a third-place finish in the 400-yard, $140,000 New Mexico Filly & Mare Championship (RG1) at Zia Park on November 24.

Wonwabbitwon ran second, a neck behind Little Bit Southern, and was followed by Snow Regard, Angelina Fame, Dorothys Version, Gotloveifyouwantit, 3-5 favorite Call Me A Blazn Chic, and Asian Brook.

Wonwabbitwon is a 5-year-old daughter of the Yawls Rabbit stallion Rabbits Rainbow owned and trained by Sierra Dawn Moseley. The mare has won four of 16 starts and has banked $134,024, and her race record includes a second-place finish to Call Me A Blazn Chic in the New Mexico Filly & Mare Championship at Zia Park.

A homebred 4-year-old mare by the Chicks Beduino stallion Chicks Regard, Snow Regard has earned $241,205 from 24 races for her owner, KH Logax Inc. of Oro Valley, Arizona. Snow Regard has won four races, including the 2011 New Mexico Filly & Mare Championship, and the 350-yard, $75,000 Sunburst Stakes (R) for state-bred 3-year-old fillies at Sunland Park.

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