Corona Ranger Takes Adequan Derby Challenge Championship

The Corona Cartel gelding gets his second stakes victory

Q-Racing Journal

Vanessa Bartoo's Corona Ranger won Saturday's $150,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Corona Ranger sprinted to a half-length victory in Saturday's $150,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Agustin Silva, Corona Ranger covered 400 yards in :19.752. John Stinebaugh prepped the Corona Cartel gelding for owner Vanessa Bartoo of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Corona Ranger was stretching out in distance off of his third-place finish in a 330-yard, $13,100 allowance dash at Los Alamitos on October 28, his first-ever out at the track. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Bollenbach Farms, and he was a $40,000 purchase at the 2016 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

Corona Ranger has won five of 14 races while competing in five states, and he has earned $256,449. His resume includes a wire-to-wire, three-quarter length victory in last year's 400-yard, $309,000 Evangeline Downs Futurity.

Mi Amor Secreto, Painted Dynasty, Vallerro, Favorite Bling, High Valley Girl, L Bar D Razle Dazle, Sc Vapor Trail, Walcott, and Apollitical Approach completed the order of finish.

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