Robert Hickman’s Margaritas N Coronas posted his third career stakes win at the Los Alamitos following a hard-fought nose victory over PCQHRA Breeders Derby finalist Dynasty Red in Saturday’s $15,000 John Ward Overnight Handicap.
Trained by Bret Vickery and ridden by Eduardo Nicasio, Margaritas N Coronas was fourth at the start of the John Ward, but eventually took a slight lead over Dynasty Red before holding off that rival to post his first win in six starts in 2013. The son of Corona Czech was winning for the fifth time in 17 career starts. Margaritas N Coronas covered the 400-yards in :19.799.
“He broke pretty well tonight and much better than in his last start,” Vickery said. “He bumped pretty hard last time. He ran a good race tonight and it was a tough race, but he held on to win.”
Margaritas N Coronas earned $8,250 for the win to take his career earnings to $68,664. His previous stakes wins at Los Alamitos came in last year’s The Plan Handicap and Los Alamitos Juvenile Invitational. He is now being pointed to race in the trials to the Southern California Derby on December 1.
“It wasn’t an easy race – it was pretty hard fought,” Nicasio said. “I used the whip a couple of times, but when I did that he tried to switch leads on me. He ran a solid race.”
Spackman Racing and Lin Melton’s Dynasty Red earned $3,375 for finishing second in the John Ward. Bred in Mexico by Anselmo Aguilar, Dynasty Red has hit the board in 13 of 16 career starts. SH Cowboy Baby, Go For Sixes, Easing Thru Traffic, Ive Been Special Too and Ocean Runner completed the field.