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Press ReleaseMay 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 1 ½ 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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