Cat Daddys Lil Girl, a homebred 4-year-old daughter of Big Daddy Cartel owned by cousins Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez, is the 4-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s 350-yard, $100,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.
Trained by Cynthia Gonzalez, Cat Daddys Lil Girl will be shortening in distance off of her three-quarter length victory as the 5-2 choice in the 400-yard, $100,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap (RG2) at Sunland Park on January 11. The mare has won six of 13 starts, including two of three at the 350-yard distance, and she has earned $305,062.
Cat Daddys Lil Girl drew post 3 and will be ridden by Mauro Salcedo.
Other contenders include Kevin Perez’s Marcus Medallion, a 7-year-old Jesse James Jr gelding trained by Clifford Graham II. Marcus Medallion is coming off of a second-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Ryansmanonthemoon, in the 440-yard, $100,000 Dona Ana County Stakes (R) on January 25.
Marcus Medallion has earned $270,718 from 21 outs. The gelding drew post 6 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds:
CD Mamas Boy (Raul Herrera, 128), 15-1
Jess A Satin Flash (Alan Hernandez, 128), 12-1
Cat Daddys Lil Girl (Mauro Salcedo, 130), 4-1
Magnifico Dragon (Jaime Leos, 128), 15-1
Freedom Flash (Alonso Rivera, 129), 6-1
Marcus Medallion (Adrian Ramos, 129), 9-2
Rime Chimes (Paul Nieto, 128), 10-1
Woodys Copy Cat (Salvador Martinez, 129), 6-1
No Mires A La Luna (Ricky Ramirez, 128), 8-1
DJs Winner (Noe Garcia, 129), 6-1
Hollywoodcrown (Daniel Amaya, 128), 15-1
Jess To Reel (Damian Corral, 128), 20-1