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Little Bit Southern Repeats in Lou Wooten

Mare takes New Mexico-bred race for second consecutive year.

December 16, 2012

After scoring an 8-1 upset in the same race last year, Edilberto Estrada’s Little Bit Southern did it again on Sunday as she won the $85,000 Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park. This time the 5-year-old mare scored at odds of 6-1 and dashed 400 yards in :19.078 to win by a neck with Salvador Martinez in the saddle for trainer Miguel Castillo.

The daughter of Southern Corona, who was bred by Richard and Patricia Shearer out of the Streakin La Jolla mare Averys Little Bit, has now won nine of 35 career starts with a bankroll of $313,950. Estrada claimed Little Bit Southern for just $6,250 in December 2010 and has since won three stakes with the mare – two renewals of the Lou Wooten and this year’s Four Corners Senora Stakes (RG3) at SunRay Park.

Sierra Moseley’s Wonwabbitwon, who finished second in the New Mexico Fillies and Mares Distaff Championship (RG1) last time out at Zia Park, got up to finish second again in this race. Snow Regard, a two-time stakes winner last year, closed to take third. Odds-on favorite Call Me A Blazn Chic, who came in with a three-race winning streak and a bankroll of more than $500,000, hesitated at the break and finished seventh.