Open Me A Corona Rolls on in LA Champions Day Classic

The 5-year-old stallion ran his win streak to six in the 440-yard, $100,000 stakes at Fair Grounds Racecourse.

Q-Racing Journal

Open Me A Corona won Saturday's $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic (RG2), one of three state-bred Quarter Horse races run at Fair Grounds Racecourse.

Sent to post as the 3-10 favorite in a field of seven aged state-breds, Open Me A Corona responded with a 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes (RG2), one of three state-bred Quarter Horse races run at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans.

Open Me A Corona covered 440 yards in :21.981 and extended his win streak to six under jockey Saul Ramirez Jr. Bobby Martinez saddled the 5-year-old son of Coronas Leaving You for owners Charles Forbes Jr. and Tommy Hays.

Open Me A Corona was bred by Dr. Natalie Montgomery. The stallion has won 12 of 14 races and has earned $747,298, of which $222,000 has been banked this season. The Louisiana Champions Day Classic marked Open Me A Corona’s ninth career stakes victory.

Open Me A Corona returned a $2.60 win mutuel and teamed with Scooter Prize, the 5-1 second choice, for a $2 exacta payoff of $11.40. LD Streakin N Leavin, a 22-1 longshot, completed a $31.30 ($1) trifecta.

Heza Fast Rogue, JLS Mr Bigtime, Shesa Dashingromance, and JJs Black Lace completed the order of finish.

Also on Saturday, Joseph Landrenau’s Jet Black Zoomer outran his 30-1 odds to win the 350-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes (RG2).

Ridden by Antonio Alberto for trainer Kelli Smith, Jet Black Zoomer stopped the timer in :17.897, and his margin of victory was a half of a length from 4-1 third choice Micmac Warrior, who was disqualified and placed fourth following a stewards’ inquiry. The $45,000 winner’s share of the purse from his first career stakes win pushed the Jet Black Patriot gelding’s earnings to $72,196.

Jet Black Zoomer was coming off of a one-length victory as the 4-5 choice in a 400-yard, $14,000 maiden special weight dash for Louisiana-breds at Evangeline Downs on November 21. All told, the gelding has won two of eight starts.

Jet Black Zoomer was bred by SKT Farms Inc. The gelding was a $20,000 buy at last year’s Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association Yearling Sale.

Telarosa, the 9-5 favorite in the full field of 12, finished second and was followed officially by Fast Ladys Man, Micmac Warrior, Cute Mic Jagger, Streakin Bye U, Heisa Hot Ticket, Punctuality, Shades Of Buck, Patriots Leaving You, Carry On Game, and Jess Zoom.

Armando Ramirez rode Zoomin For Bugs to a wire-to-wire win in Saturday’s Louisiana Champions Day Derby (RG2) for 3-year-olds.

Covering 400 yards in :20.228, Zoomin For Bugs recorded his second stakes win and first graded stakes score. Danny Mittag prepped the brown Zoomin For Bugs gelding for owner Joan Rood, and the $45,000 winner’s share of the $100,000 purse increased his bankroll to $180,480.

Zoomin For Bugs was bred by Dennis Miller. Raced exclusively in Louisiana, the gelding has won six of 15 races, including the 250-yard, $50,000 Flying Breed Stakes (R) for state-bred sprinters at Delta Downs on July 11.

Strong Guns, even-money favorite Heza Louisiana Dash, Jes A Fast Dasher, Heza Fast Wokatee, TF Hes Jess Rowdy, Running Game Patriot, Icanonlyemagine, Jess An Effort, Bellas Leaving You, B and G Fast Dash, and Nl Boogie For Bux completed the order of finish.


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