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ICU Diety Continues Rise at Sunland

ICU Diety looks for a win in Sunland Winter Futurity.

Q-Racing Journal
December 27, 2012

Linda Joiner and Marty Cope’s ICU Diety continues his rapid rise late this year when he starts as the fastest qualifier to the $196,878 Sunland Winter Futurity (G2) at Sunland Park on Friday afternoon.

ICU Diety (FDD Dynasty-ICU Shazoom by Shazoom) impressed in the second of seven trials when he drew out to a 1 3/4-length win in :18.941 and become the only horse to break the :19.00 mark for 400 yards. The Mike Joiner-trained gelding was sent off at nearly 10-1 odds despite an impressive maiden win in his previous out. In that November 17 start, he won by a length over 330 yards.

That maiden race was his first out after an extended layoff. He was fifth in a Sunland Park maiden race in March and then did not start again for eight months.

Anna Crowson’s Wasting No Corona (Coronas Leaving You-Its Stoli Time by Stoli) has also made a move up back the class ladder in recent weeks. The gelding won his maiden two starts ago at Lone Star Park in his seventh start and then came back in the Winter Futurity trials for trainer Victor Rodriguez to win by 1 1/2 lengths with the second-fastest time of :19.178. In March, he was fourth in the $221,640 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3).

Don Apodaca’s homebred Obamano (Oak Tree Special-Red Tomacita by First On The Red) should gain attention in the Winter Futurity with his close third-place finish in the John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge and coming off a Winter Derby trial win. The member of the Harvey Baeza stable closed well in his trial to get up for the neck win with the fourth-fastest time of :19.216.


Our First Corona Tries Back Up Winter Derby Trial Score

Kevin and Robin Allred’s homebred Our First Corona tries to prove his fastest-qualifying trial win at 16-1 odds was not a fluke when he starts in the $126,455 Sunland Winter Derby (G2) on Saturday afternoon at Sunland Park.

Our First Corona (Corona Cartel-Hawk Three by Fishers Dash) raced to his first win in more than a year when he won his trial by half a length in :18.854, the fastest time from four trials. The trial win was his best effort from three starts this year after a creditable 2-year-old season.

At 2, Our First Corona finished second – beaten by just a neck – in the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge and qualified for the Sunland Winter Futurity (G2).

Juniors Quarter Horses’ Really A Fantasy (First Down Dash-Fishers Fantasy by For Really (TB) moved up to the stakes ranks looking for his fourth win in his five latest starts. He was a close second in the other race. The Jorge Miranda-trained colt won his Winter Derby trial by a neck as the 8-5 favorite with a :18.992 time.

These two top qualifiers face horses with solid stakes credentials.

Valle Guadiana Corp.’s Tres Seis Nueve (Tres Seis-Ya Ya Sisterhood by Chicks Beduino) was a close second in the Hobbs America Derby (G3) and raced to a close fourth-place finish in the Rainbow Derby (G1).

Jaime Dominguez’s Feature Mr Who (Feature Mr Jess-Whosleavingcorona by Corona Cartel) was third in the Hobbs America Derby and qualified for the Rainbow Derby.

Dan Adams, P.K. Thomas and Gene White’s Lethal Volt (Volcom-Miss Lethal by Chicks Beduino) was second in the Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) and qualified for the All American Futurity (G1) last year. He came back this year to finish third in the Dash For Cash Derby (G2) and qualified for the Texas Classic Derby (G1).