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NM-Bred First Corona Call Makes West Texas Maturity Final
RSS Feeds Friday, February 10, 2012

First Corona Call, a homebred 5-year-old Southern Corona gelding racing for Richard R. Shearer of Portales, made the final of this year's West Texas Maturity (G2) at Sunland Park.

Trained by Trey Wood and ridden by Ricky Ramirez, First Corona Call ran fourth, a half of a length behind second-fastest qualifier Zulu Dragon, in the last of three trials on Friday. The gelding went 400 yards in :19.399 and posted the fifth-fastest qualifying time for the $99,825 final on March 3.

First Corona Call was the only one of the four registered New Mexico-breds entered in the trials to make the final. He has earned $444,888 from 19 starts, and his six career victories include a 350-yard, $36,000 state-bred allowance sprint at Sunland on December 23.

Fastest qualifier First Down Master won the second trial by one length in :19.313. The 4-year-old stallion by all-time leading sire First Down Dash races for the 21 Partnership from the barn of Joe Badilla Jr.

The complete list of qualifiers appears below:

Horse (Age, Sex, Pedigree)


Breeder (State)



4S, First Down Dash-Dash Masters Miss by Dash For Destiny

21 Partnership

Scarlet Hill Farm (TX)

Joe Badilla Jr.


5S, First Down Dash-Hidden Dragon by Dean Miracle

21 Partnership

Rafter W Stables (NM)

Joe Badilla Jr.


4S, Separatist-Wagons Maiden by Calligrapher

J & L Stables LLC, Linda S. Meisinger, and Pamela S. McQueary

C. Hopper/L. Willis/F. Draper (CA)

Carl Draper


4G, Ocean Runaway-Fashionisanattitude by Streakin La Jolla

Royal Dream Ranch LLC

Joe Kirk Fulton (TX)

Roberto Sanchez


5G, Southern Corona-Be A First Call by Calligrapher

Richard R. Shearer

Richard R. Shearer (NM)

Trey Wood


5G, Brimmerton-West Coast Separator by Separatist

Sunset Well Service Inc.

Gary Kuhlmann (TX)

Albert Franco


4G, Feature Mr Jess-Valentine Alliance by Holland Ease

Mercy Hinklin's Horse Farm LLC

Mercy Hinklin (TX)

Michael Joiner


7G, Southern Cartel-On A Beduino High by Chicks Beduino

Felipe Flores Jr.

Carlos E. Marquez (TX)

Roberto Sanchez


5G, Azoom-Sweet As Cash by Dash For Cash

Patrick L. Sanchez

Walter Fletcher (OK)

Patrick L. Sanchez


4G, Wave Carver-Rare Encore by Rare Form

Junior's Quarter Horses Inc.

Vaughn & Jill Cook (OK)

Ralph Muniz


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