Longshot Corona B Gone Wins Bank of America Emerald Challenge

The sophomore gelding wins by three-quarters of a length at odds of 17-1.

Q-Racing Journal

Corona B Gone won Sunday's 440-yard Bank of America Emerald Downs Challenge.

Ruben Magallanes' Corona B Gone, a 3-year-old son of Favorite Cartel and a 17-1 longshot, earned his first stakes win in Sunday's $41,400 Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge.

Ridden by Lorenzo Lopez for trainer Hector Magallanes, Corona B Gone defeated 15-1 longshot Kool Odds by three-quarters of a length while going 440 yards in :22.329. In addition to banking the $19,044 winner's share of the purse, the sorrel gelding landed a berth in the November 17, $330,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Corona B Gone was bred in Oregon by Michael McKay and Shannon McKay. Campaigned primarily in Oregon and Washington, the gelding has won five of 14 starts and has earned $46,774, of which $35,839 has been pocketed this season. His resume includes third-place finishes in the May 5 Adequan Sun Downs Derby Challenge at Kennewick, Washington, and last year's Baxter Andruss Oregon-Bred Futurity (R) at Portland Meadows.

Favorite Bling ran third and was followed by Poutn On The Wagon, 6-5 favorite Mr Pyc To You, L Bar D Genuine Red, L Bar D Bonnie Lee, Tickle Ur Fancy, Mals First Down and For Sweet Jess.

Mr Pyc To You was making his first official start since December 16, when he scored an upset victory in the 440-yard, $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos, Quarter Horse racing's richest and most prestigious race for older horses.

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