Pedigree Analysis: Coronas First Diva

A princess steps up in the Oklahoma Futurity.

Q-Racing Journal

Coronas First Diva wins the Oklahoma Futurity. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

If Coronas First Diva isn’t a princess by blood, I don’t know what is.

The filly is a product of leading living sire Corona Cartel and champion Spit Curl Diva.

In her second start, Coronas First Diva donned her tiara and became a graded stakes winner by taking the $420,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G3) at Remington Park on Saturday for owner Sara Leann Morgan of Edmond, Oklahoma.

The filly has earnings of $169,946 from those two starts.

Corona Cartel makes his home only a short drive from Remington Park, at the Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie. The 22-year-old stallion is one of only two stallions to ever break the progeny earnings mark of $50 million, and he has done so from 1,254 starters.

While he is a sire of sires – for example his son, PYC Paint Your Wagon, was 2015’s leading sire – Corona Cartel is also a sire of distaffers. His top earners include all-time leading distaffer and world champion Blues Girl Too ($2,032,328), as well as Eye For Corona ($1,100,121), Remember Me Rose ($820,895) and champion Flying Fig ($806,920). 

Coronas First Diva also gets a lot of pedigree help from her mama. Spit Curl Diva was one of the best distaffers seen in the past decade.

Bred by Little Deer Creek Quarter Horses of Thomas, Oklahoma, the 2006 mare is by Spit Curl Jess and out of the Some Dasher mare Some Kinda Diva. She raced for the Lepic-Mixer and Lepic-Morgan partnerships, and is now owned by Reliance Ranches LLC.

She made 37 starts over four years, lighting the board in 33 of those, and earned $829,353.
The beginning of her career was nearly a mirror of her daughter’s – she, too, was second in her first start, then returned to win the $131,706 Blue Ribbon Futurity (G2) in her second. She went on to run second in the Remington Park Futurity (G1), Oklahoma Horsemen’s Association Futurity (RG2) and then won the Speedhorse Gold & Silver Cup Futurity (RG1).

Age didn’t slow her down, either, as she ultimately won 12 stakes races, including the Grade 1 Refrigerator Handicap and Merial Distaff Challenge Championship in 2010.

She set six track records during her career (from 250 to 440 yards), was an AQHA Supreme Race Horse and was the champion aged mare in 2010 and 2011 and champion aged horse in 2010.
Her 12 stakes wins ties her for 10th on the list of all-time leading horses by stakes wins (there are 48 horses who have earned 12 or more stakes wins), but she is the most accomplished mare in the past decade and one of only 11 mares to earn 12 or more stakes wins. Once you include all sexes in the past 10 years, there are only nine other horses – all geldings – to equal or better the 12 stakes wins record, topped by Vals Fortune’s 15 stakes wins.

From seven starters all aged 4 or younger, Spit Curl Diva has produced six winners; her starters have averaged a solid $42,866 per runner.

Her first foal Cruise By Diva, a full brother to Coronas First Diva, won the Beautiful Prairie Stakes at Hialeah in February, and a gelding from her second crop, Divas First Wagon (by PYC Paint Your Wagon), was third in the Biscayne Stakes at Hialeah in January.

Spit Curl Diva has three yearlings, including a colt by Valiant Hero named SC Tornado, and two full sisters to Coronas First Diva named SC Vapor Trail and SC Lydia.

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