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Coronas First Diva Fastest On Second Day of All American Futurity Trials

Ty Wyant

            Sara Leann Morgan’s Coronas First Diva showed that a summer’s Ruidoso respite pays off for a racehorse after she sped to the fastest-qualifying time during the second day of trials to the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

            Saturday’s horses with the five-fastest times from 15 trials compete against the horses with the five-fastest times from Friday’s 15 trials in the 440-yard All American Futurity on Labor Day.

            The All American Futurity offers the largest purse of any two-year-old horserace in the world. The winner takes $1.5 million.

            The following five-fastest qualifiers from each day of trials gain preference for the $500,000 All American Juvenile, which formerly had a $200,000 purse.

            Coronas First Diva burst from the starting gate in the 14th of 15 trials and went on to take the trial by one-and-one-quarter lengths and her time of :21.500 for the quarter mile was the quickest mark on the afternoon's program. The only jockey she has known, James A. Flores, was aboard.

            “She always breaks like that, except in the Heritage Place Futurity,” said trainer Duke Shults.

            Sired by Corona Cartel and out of two-time champion Spit Curl Diva, Coronas First Diva finished fifth in the Grade 1, $1,083,000 Heritage Place Futurity. That came after three-consecutive wins at Remington Park.

            The highlight of Coronas First Diva’s winning streak was a three-quarter-length score in the Grade 3, $411,600 Oklahoma Futurity back in March.

            Coronas First Diva has been in Ruidoso since mid-June. “We pointed her to the All American Futurity (trials). We wanted her to be ready and fresh,” said Shults.

            The 14-time national champion Paul Jones stable sent out second-fastest qualifier One Hot Habit and it gives Jones the opportunity to win his fourth All American Futurity.

            Turner Farms’ One Hot Habit got a competitive start from the inside post position and had the lead within the first 100 yards. The Walk Thru Fire filly grabbed more ground with each stride and powered towards the finish line. Apolltical Chad – winner of the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity – made a charging bid from the eighth post position and came up a neck short at the wire.

            “One Hot Habit was one of the barn’s top two-year-olds all year,” said Lisa Saumell, manager of the Jones’ New Mexico operation.

            One Hot Habit was seventh in the Ruidoso Futurity. One Hot Habit and Apolltical Chad were each making their first starts since the Ruidoso Futurity on June 12.

            The Eduardo Nicasio-ridden One Hot Habit, at 7-2 odds, was timed in :21.643 and Apolltical Chad was clocked in :21.685 as the 4-5 favorite.

            Nueve Racing’s Apolltical Chad, a $38,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, won his maiden by two-and-one-quarter lengths in his Ruidoso Futurity trial. He then won the Ruidoso Futurity by a gallant head over Rainbow Futurity winner A Revenant.

            Owned by Pat Guthrie, Billy Smith, Trevor Smith, Paul Blanchard and Fred Grooms; One Famous Beau was scratched from the Rainbow Futurity due to a minor hoof problem. He looked like the healing in the hoof has paid off with the dominating two-length win in his All American Futurity trial. He ran to the day’s third-fastest time of :21.677 with regular rider Cody Jensen up.

            “He’s getting better all the time,” said trainer Mike Joiner. “He ran with a pad (on his hoof). I won the All American Gold Cup with a horse who wore a pad, so I’m not worried and he’ll probably run with the pad in the All American.”

            The One Famous Eagle-sired One Famous Beau qualified for the Rainbow Futurity when he won his maiden in his trial by one length.

            One Famous Beau was a $45,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

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                                2016 All American Futurity Qualifiers

Friday, 8/19/16 Day 1

Horse/Trial #                                                       Trainer                                  Jockey                                   Wind      Time

* Imperial Eagle/15                               D1           Tony Sedillo                         Esgar Ramirez                       7c            21.499

* The Marfa Lights/5                          D1           James Helzer                         Larry Payne                           5t             21.510

   Magical Jess/2                                   D1           Mario Loza                            Jaime Parga Leos3t             21.615

  Koolnfamous/9                                   D1           Toby Keeton                        Esgar Ramirez                       4c            21.648

  Volcoms Lady/14                               D1           Toby Keeton                        Esgar Ramirez                       8c            21.705

 

Saturday, 8/20/16 Day 2

   Coronas First Diva/14                     D2           Duke Shults                          James Flores                         4t             21.500

   One Hot Habit/4                                D2           Paul Jones                             Eduardo Nicasio                   0              21.643

* One Famous Beau/8                         D2           Mike Joiner                           Cody Jensen                         2t             21.667

* Apolltical Chad/4                              D2           Wesley Giles                         Adrian A. Ramos                 0              21.685

   Gamey Tee Cos/14                            D2           Salvador Soto                       Manuel Gutierrez4t             21.689    

 

2016 AA Futurity Juvenile Qualifiers

Friday, 8/19/16 Day 1

   Elicity/2                                               D1           Juan Aleman                         Eduardo Nicasio                   3t             21.718

  Tough to Bee/3                                  D1           Blane Wood                          Ricky Ramirez                       3t             21.735

  Teller Baja/14                                      D1           Judd Kearl                             Jose Amador Alvarez          8c            21.753

  Jess Paint Ur Wagon/3                     D1           Blane Wood                          Ricky Ramirez                       7c            21.7`73

  C Twister Seis/14                               D1           Mike Joiner                           Cody Jensen                         8c            21.781

 

Saturday, 8/20/16 Day 2

   Twig/12                                               D2           Toby Keeton                        Esgar Ramirez                       5t             21.721    

* One More Thats It/5                        D2           Juan Gonzalez                       JR Valenzuela                        0              21.741

* Jm Mister Destiny/6                         D2           Paul Jones                             Jesse Lee Levario 7t             21.747

* Famouseagletime/7                           D2           Wesley Giles                         Adrian A. Ramos                 7t             21.769

   Dashing Runner/15                           D2           Bret Vickery                          Jose Amador Alvarez          4t             21.772

* Ruidoso Sale Graduate

 

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