LARC NEWS Posted: 11/18/2018 3:02:04 AM


Corona Ranger Takes Adequan Derby Challenge Championship

            Corona Ranger (photo) sprinted to a half-length victory in Saturday's $150,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Agustin Silva, Corona Ranger covered 400 yards in :19.752. John Stinebaugh prepped the Corona Cartel gelding for owner Vanessa Bartoo of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Corona Ranger was stretching out in distance off of his third-place finish in a 330-yard, $13,100 allowance dash at Los Alamitos on October 28, his first-ever out at the track. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Bollenbach Farms, and he was a $40,000 purchase at the 2016 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. He is out of the Aoom mare Azoom Babe.

Corona Ranger has won five of 14 races while competing in five states, and he has earned $256,449. His resume includes a wire-to-wire, three-quarter length victory in last year's 400-yard, $309,000 Evangeline Downs Futurity.

Runner-up Mi Amor Secreto races for owner/breeder Kelly Perez. Trainer Edelmiro Carrizales saddled he son of world champion sire The Louisiana Cartel from the Feature Mr Jess mare Streakin In Secret. Ridden by Santos Carrizales, the chestnut gelding earned $30,000 to boost his earnings mark to $87,260.

Jason Olmstead saddled third-place finisher Painted Dynasty for owner Thomas Scheckel. Michael Teel bred the FDD Dynasty filly in Oklahoma from the Pyc Paint Your Wagon mare Tygers Painted Girl. The $15,000 Juvenile earnings pushed Painted Dynasty's earnings just short of $100,000.

Vallerro, Favorite Bling, High Valley Girl, L Bar D Razle Dazle, Sc Vapor Trail, Walcott, and Apollitical Approach completed the the field.


 Sent to post as the 7-5 favorite in a field of nine 2-year-olds, Kr Hi Five responded with a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $125,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

Kr Hi Five stopped the timer in :17.670 and recorded a 92 speed index under jockey Jose Nicasio. Jaime Gomez saddled the homebred gray son of leading first-crop sire Five Bar Cartel for owners Dave and Sally Kidd.

Kr Hi Five was bred in Colorado, and he was extending his win streak to four races. On October 28, the gelding earned his first stakes win with a half-length victory in the 350-yard, $136,000 Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos.

Kr Hi Five is out of I Bee Phia, a homebred daughter of Mr Eye Opener. Raced in California and Utah, the gelding has won five of seven starts, and the $57,500 winner's share of the John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship purse pushed his bankroll to $129,636.

Stevieb Flashofcash ran second for owner Five Livestock Company LLC and trainer Monty Arrossa. Jockey Cesar DeAlba rode the son of champion sire First Moonflash from the Proudest Effort mare Lds Good Doin Gracie. Bred in Utah by Two Feathers Series LLC, the sorrel gelding picked up $25,000 for the effort to boost his earnings total to nearly $40,000.

Allyson Wonderland and Jess Send It earned $10,625 each for dead-heating for third in the Juvenile Championship.

Paul Jones saddled Allyson Wonderland, a daughter of leading sire Apollitical Jess, for owner/breeder Blaine Bateman. The stakes winning filly, from the Corona Cartel mare Just A Fairytale, has earned $42,088 this season. Jesus Ayala was riding.

Also trained by Jones, Jess Send It is a stakes winning daughter of leading sire Corona Cartel out of Jess Send Me by Feature Mr Jess. Jockey Ramon Sanchez was aboard the $57,356 earner for owner Keith Nellesen. Turner Farms is the breeder.

Mickey Ward Wins Cox Ranch Distance Challenge Championship


Mickey Ward, a homebred 7-year-old son of champion FDD Dynasty racing for Ralph and Carolyn Fales, earned his first Grade 1 win in Saturday's $100,000 Cox Ranch Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Jorge Bourdieu for trainer Matt Fales, Mickey Ward covered 870 yards in :45.538, and his winning margin was a head from Rare Ed. The Arizona-bred gelding earned $50,000 while scoring his seventh win in 21 starts and fourth victory in 11 outs at the 870-yard trip.

Mickey Ward earned his berth in this race with a second-place finish, a neck behind winner Rare Ed, in the April 29, $17,000 AQHA Turf Paradise Distance Challenge in Arizona. Campaigned in Arizona, California, and New Mexico, he has banked $122,091. He is out of the Leaving Memories mare A Mere Formality.

Last year's Distance Challenge Championship(G1) winner Rare Ed bumped at the break but rallied down the rail to get second for owner Angel Villalobos-Hernandez and Jose Marin. Jockey Justine Klaiber had the riding call for trainer Ricardo Guillen.

The 7-year-old Dean Miracle gelding, out of Ms Corona Jet by Corona Cartel, picked up $21,500 to the effort, bringing his earnings total to nearly $150,000. Ronald Martin is the breeder.

Another homebred racing for Ralph and Carolyn Fales, A Mere Icon finished third and earned $11,000. Matthew Fales saddled with Jorge Bourdieu riding. The 4-year-old son of Texas Icon is half-brother to Distance Challenge winner Mickey Ward. He has earned $30,425.

The 3-10 favorite Mahoney N Tacklebery was fourth followed by Hes A Bugin, and Glittering Blue.


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