RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (May 23, 2014) – Jon and Donna McPherson’s Famous Corona Lady made a stunning career debut when she set the fastest qualifying time by the narrowest of margins on the second day of trials to the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
The five-fastest horses from the 12 350-yard trials on Friday join the five-fastest qualifiers from Thursday’s trials in the Ruidoso Futurity on June 8.
Famous Corona Lady raced the 350 yards in :17.367 to grab the top time by one-thousandth of a second over the pair of Flashy First Cartel and Jm Miracle, who were each clocked in :17.368.
With Esgar Ramirez aboard, Famous Corona Lady made a sharp break from the inside post position and then overwhelmed her rivals to win by three lengths in her career debut.
“She’s been a superstar from the start,” said trainer Paul Jones. “She is beautiful with a lot of class”
Famous Corona Lady showed her potential during the third day of three days of training races at Ruidoso Downs. She raced to the day’s fastest time while facing a fierce headwind.
The well-bred Famous Corona Lady was a $155,000 purchase at the 2013 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. She is sired by leading sire Corona Cartel and out of One Famous Lady, the dam of champion and leading sire One Famous Eagle.
“The McPhersons were looking for a well-bred filly that they could race and then add to their broodmare band,” said Jones. “They are very nice people and we’re happy to have found a good one for them. She’ll make a great addition to their broodmare band.”
Co-second-fastest qualifiers Jm Miracle and Flashy First Cartel also each won their trials in their first starts.
J&M Racing and Farm’s Jm Miracle won the second trial by one-and-one-half lengths with Alonso Rivera aboard.
Then, two races later, Crowson Racing’s Flashy First Cartel matched that time with a three-quarter-length victory under Roman Chapa.
The fourth- and fifth-fastest qualifiers also shared the same time. Penthouse Sweet and Tempting Destiny each stopped the timer in :17.480.
Tempting Destiny gave jockey G.R. Carter Jr. his all-time record 3,632nd victory.
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2014 Ruidoso Futurity Trials Fastest Qualifiers
Horse/Trial # Trial Day Trainer Jockey Wind Time
Kiss My Hocks/7 d1 Toby Keeton Cody Jensen 10t 17.281
Jm Famous Master/8 d1 Jose Luis Muela Alonso Rivera 0 17.348
Bodacious Eagle/2 d1 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 4t 17.382
Madmax/5 d1 Madilyn Watts Omar Reyes 6t 17.448
Separate Dynasty/6 d1 Mike Joiner Cody Jensen 9t 17.461
Famous Corona Lady/9 d2 Paul Jones Esgar Ramirez 10h 17.367
Flashy First Cartel/4 d2 Anna Crowson Roman Chapa 11t 17.368
Jm Miracle/2 d2 Jose Luis Muela Alonso Rivera 6t 17.368
Penthouse Sweet/1 d2 Eddie Willis Jimmy Brooks 7t 17.480
Tempting Destiny/5 d2 Mike Joiner GR Carter 6t 17.480