Sunday, November 04, 2012
Making his first start at the 440-yard distance, Veronica Ramirez's Stel Gone Corona scored his second career stakes victory in Sunday's $50,000 New Mexico Quarter Horse Breeders' Championship (RG3), the closing-day feature race at The Downs at Albuquerque.
Stel Gone Corona covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.214 to earn a 98 speed index and defeat runner-up Visible Injun by a nose. The $30,000 winner's share of the purse increased his bankroll to $153,062.
Stel Gone Corona was bred by Double A Ranch. The 4-year-old gelding's sire, Stel Corona, is a 12-year-old son of the Holland Ease stallion Corona Cartel who won three stakes in California from 2002-04, including the 2003 PCQHRA Breeders' Derby (G2). He also was a finalist in that season's Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter and Southern California derbies.
Stel Corona's top runners include 2008 AQHA champion 2-year-old colt Foose, graded stakes winners Wish You Had One To and Primvvera, and Stel My Corona, the winner of the October 6, $382,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos. Owned by a partnership, the stallion stood the 2012 season at Burns Ranch in Menifee, California.
Stel Gone Corona's dam, Meter Her Gone, is a winning 11-year-old daughter of 1995 AQHA champion sophomore colt Meter Me Gone. The mare's starters include Her Sixes Royal, a half sister to Stel Gone Corona who qualified to the '09 New Mexico Breeders' Futurity (RG2) at SunRay Park.
Stel Gone Corona traces back to his fourth dam, Crimson Hustler, a daughter of three-time world champion Go Man Go who ran second in the 1967 Inaugural Handicap at Los Alamitos.
All told, Stel Gone Corona has won five of 12 races, including two of his three outs at The Downs at Albuquerque. In 2011, the gelding scored a head victory in the 400-yard, $120,000 New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association Stakes (RG2) at Sunland Park, a victory that was part of a four-race win streak.
Seacrest Out ran third, a half of a length behind the winner. Corona Dream, Iseeyoustaring, Injun Toole, Call A Fast Corona, and South Oak completed the order of finish.
A homebred 4-year-old gelding by Invisible Injun, Visible Injun has earned $81,110 from 20 races for Verona Vaughn of Edgewood, New Mexico, the 54-day Albuquerque meet's leading owner. Visible Injun has won three races, including the 2011 New Mexico State Fair Breeders' Derby (RG3) at Albuquerque.
Seacrest Out is an 8-year-old Genuine Strawfly gelding campaigned by Marcellino Ortiz. A one-time $5,000 claimer, Seacrest Out has won eight of 51 starts and has banked $107,214 while racing exclusively in New Mexico, and his record includes a one-length victory in the 2011 Lineage Claiming Stakes at Albuquerque.