KVN Corona to Lazy E

Champion colt to stand at Lazy E Ranch in 2019.

TRACK Magazine

KVN Corona will stand at Lazy E Ranch in 2019.

KVN Corona, the American Quarter Horse Association’s champion 2-year-old colt of 2017, will enter stud in 2019 at Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Oklahoma, it was announced today.

The $707,110 earner currently is in training with all-time leading trainer Paul Jones at Ruidoso and is being aimed at the August 19 trials for the All American Derby (G1).

Bred by McColee Land & Livestock, LLC, and raced by Keith Nellesen, KVN Corona was undefeated in six outs at 2 when he won the $1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) over champion 2-year-old J Fire Up) and the $400,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity (G2).

The gray son of Corona Cartel continued his undefeated streak into 2018 by winning the $235,200 El Primero Del Año Derby (G3). A son of No. 1 all-time living sire Coronal Cartel, KVN Corona is out of Grade 1 winner and multiple Grade 1 producer Executive Looks SI-113, $277,891 (by Executive Menace, by Chicks Beduino).

“We are obviously over the moon with Keith Nellesen’s commitment to allow Lazy E Ranch to stand KVN Corona in 2019,” said Lazy E’s Butch Wise.

“How can you not be excited about a champion son of Corona Cartel that went 6-for-6 as a 2-year-old?

“You don’t need very many fingers to count all the undefeated 2-year-old champions. It is well known that the best runners as 2-year-olds will most often make the best sires, and he was undefeated at 2 and then ran that string of straight wins to 9. He is already a graded stakes winner at 3 in 2018 and a Ruidoso Derby (G1) finalist, after coming from sea level in California to compete on the Mountain. It takes a serious racehorse to do that.”

“Looking at potential sire lines, we all realize Corona Cartel is a sire of sires and to underscore that fact he currently has five different sons in the top 25 leading sires of money earners in 2018. Plus, Corona Cartel is No. 4 on this year’s list as well.

“But it is not just about his sire, we love KVN Corona’s female family as well because Reliance Ranches owns his Super Derby (G1) winning older brother Big Lew $638,878, who bred his first book of top mares here in 2018. Knowledgeable breeders will avail themselves of these superior genetics because KVN’s pedigree will be attractive to daughters of Mr Jess Perry and his sons Apollitical Jess and One Famous Eagle. Another great positive is that Easy Jet does not appear in either the top or bottom of KVN Corona until his fifth generation. Likewise, one has to go to his third generation to find First Down Dash. All valuable items in today’s breeding environment”

Nellesen, who is a partner in McColee, said, “We take all of our yearlings to public auction to sale, but occasionally I will personally buy one to race.

“I thought KVN was the best yearling in the sale that year, and I loved his full brother Big Lew. I was very happy and surprised to get him for $140,000.

“I’m not an expert on horses, but when I picture in my mind what a horse should look like, I picture KVN,” Nellesen continued.

“We are going to breed KVN to the same McColee broodmare band that has produced 18 stakes qualifiers, nine graded, five individual stakes winners and three graded stakes winners in the first six months of this year.”

Paul Jones, who has had as many champions as any trainer over the last two decades and is fresh from winning his fourth lifetime (and second consecutive) Ed Burke Million Futurity, said, “For me, KVN is the perfect horse, the complete package.

“He is as smart as any horse that I have ever trained. A true professional. Not too big, not too little. Very talented, and easy to train. Very well balanced. As I said, the complete package.”

The 2019 breeding fee on KVN Corona will be announced this fall.

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