Pedigree Analysis: Open Me A Corona

Open Me A Corona is riding an ocean wave of pedigree.

Q-Racing Journal

Open Me A Corona wins the Mr Jess Perry Stakes. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Open Me A Corona opened his aged career with an impressive 1 1/2-length win in the $35,000 Mr Jess Perry Louisiana Downs Stakes (RG3) on Saturday.

The race marks the fifth win in six lifetime starts for the lightly raced stallion, who is owned by Tommy Hays, D.V.M., and Charles Forbes Jr. of Elgin, Texas. The winner of the $1 million 2012 LQHBA Futurity (RG1), the horse only made two starts as a 3-year-old. He has earned $495,442, and three times posted his career-high 102 speed index.

Open Me A Corona was bred by Natalie Montgomery D.V.M. of Pineville, Louisiana, and is by Coronas Leaving You and out of the Mr Eye Opener mare In The Open.

Coronas Leaving You is a 9-year-old stallion from a royal breeding. The winner of nine of 13 starts, he won two stakes including the 2007 Firecracker Futurity (G2) and earned $278,358. Sired by all-time leading living sire Corona Cartel, Coronas Leaving You is out of the Easily Smashed mare Lil Bit Rusty. Herself a Grade 1 winner, Lil Bit Rusty is also the dam of world champion Whosleavingwho (by Chicks Beduino, $1,334,842) and stakes winners Wholelota Dash (by Dash For Cash, $109,986) and Beduinos Rusty (by Chicks Beduino, $57,695).

From three crops to race, Coronas Leaving You has sired the earners of more than $1.7 million. This includes 39 winners from 72 starters (54 percent) and five stakes winners. The stallion is owned by Chad Hart and partners and standing at Hart Farms at Kaplan, Louisiana.

Dam In The Open herself comes from one of the great dam families in the industry. Bred by Dan Lucas’ Lucas Racing Inc., In The Open is a 2005 daughter of Mr Eye Opener out of the Leaving Memories mare Ocean Memories. She made two career starts before retiring to the broodmare band. She has produced three winners from five starters.

In The Open’s second foal, Surf N Turf Dude, was second in the 2012 Four Corners Futurity (G3) and has earned $45,671. The gelding has quite a curious pedigree – he is sired by world champion Wave Carver, bringing both American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Dash For Cash and the Thoroughbred mare In The Curl into the pedigree twice in three generations.

In The Curl, a 1984 mare by Shelter Half, was an iron runner for eight years, running at the allowance and stakes level in Maryland. She retired with a record of 85-26-24-14 and $749,891, and Dan Lucas snapped her up. He saw in her a sound and gritty runner who carried blood proven to work in the sprinting industry – among others, her third sire Intentionally was the sire of Aforethought, the sire of All American Futurity winners Timeto Thinkrich and Hot Idea.

In The Curl was part of a long-term breeding plan – to bring outcross blood into the breed, and she proved herself a gold mine. From only 12 foals, she produced horses who themselves earned $731,395 on the track. First Down N Surfin (by First Down Dash, $290,681) was third in the 2000 All American Futurity (G1), and her full brother Harbor Beach ($129,372) was a multiple stakes winner.

Her biggest accomplishments, though, have come from the second generation. And the greatest of those came from her second foal – Runaway Wave. A 1995 daughter of Runaway Winner, Runaway Wave earned $79,183 on the track. She has become the sport’s No. 2 all-time leading broodmare, only $65,000 short of the No. 1 distaffer, Corona Chick. Her progeny have earned $3,574,263 and include the aforementioned Wave Carver, as well as champion Ocean Runaway ($1,642,498).

In The Open’s dam, Ocean Memories, also produced Grade 2 winner Ocean Cartel (by Corona Cartel, $186,103), stakes winner Special Ela (by Special Leader, $71,279) and stakes-placed runner Mimi Cartel (by Corona Cartel, $49,035), the dam of Grade 2 winner Feature Mr Lucky ($80,604). She is also the second dam of PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity (G2) winner Stel My Corona ($186,543).

First Down N Surfin produced the Grade 1-placed runner Corona Deluxe (by Corona Cartel, $168,135), who subsequently produced last year’s All American Futurity (G1) runner-up Reagal Eagle (by One Famous Eagle, $458,640) and stakes winner Country Boy Deluxe (by Country Chicks Man, $88,228).

Girl In The Curl (TB) is the dam of stakes winners Curlie Cue (by First Down Dash, $54,758), Girlrilla (by First Down Dash, $27,219) and Grade 1-placed runner Real Good Man (by Fishers Dash, $53,387).

Incidentally, In The Curl’s Thoroughbred family has continued to be productive as well. The mare’s full sister, Marlenesatthemall, is the second dam of Praying For Cash (TB), who earned $428,970 and was second in the 2006 Haskell Invitational (Gr. I).

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