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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI
SUNLAND PARK, NM—JANUARY 7, 2020—Cat Daddys Lil Girl, a gray daughter of Big Daddy Cartel owned by Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez, will make her 4-year-old season debut in Saturday’s 400-yard, $100,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park.
Trained by Cynthia Gonzalez, Cat Daddys Lil Girl is coming off of a neck victory as the 2-1 favorite in the 400-yard, $145,000 New Mexico Filly & Mare Championship (RG1) at Zia Park on December 1. The mare won three of her seven startts and earned $201,396 last year, and her resume included second-place finishes in the 400-yard, $198,000 Zia Derby (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs, and the 400-yard, $189,000 New Mexico State Fair Derby (R) at Albuquerque Downs.
Cat Daddys Lil Girl drew post 6 and will be ridden by Mauro Salcedo. Other contenders include Sister Sophia, a 4-year-old Big Daddy Cartel mare trained by Mike Joiner for owners Calder and Candy Ezzell of Roswell, New Mexico. Sister Sophia is coming off of a sophomore campaign during which she banked $106,363 from five races and won the New Mexico State Fair Derby.
Sister Sophia drew the rail post and will be ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
- Sister Sophia (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 5-1
- Chicks Baby Suds (Jaime Parga Leos), 4-1
- Addy Ann Angel Eyes (Raul Herrera), 10-1
- First N Forever (Esgar Ramirez), 8-1
- Zee James (Alan Hernandez), 10-1
- Cat Daddys Lil Girl (Mauro Salcedo), 3-1
- Tooflashyforyou (James Flores), 8-1
- Hollywoodcrown (Jose Alvarez), 8-1
- DJs Winner (Noe Garcia Jr.), 12-1
- Woodys Copy Cat (Manuel Gutierrez), 8-1
- AE-Quemados Royal Moon (Jose Ruiz), 12-1
- AE-Reyna Azul (Raul Herrera), 12-1
All Sunland Park races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.