Marys Coronitas Takes Adequan Derby Challenge Championship

A quick break helps the Corona Cartel filly score her second stakes win.

Q-Racing Journal

Marys Coronitas, a Corona Cartel filly bred, owned, and trained by Jorge Luis Mendoza, wins the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship. PHOTO: Dustin Orona

A sharp break from her rail post helped Marys Coronitas score a half-length victory in the $202,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Lone Star Park on Saturday.

Marys Coronitas covered her 400-yard trip in :19.603 on a track officially labeled “good.” Juan Garcia Jr. rode the homebred gray daughter of Corona Cartel for owner and trainer Jorge Luis Mendoza.

“She usually does a good job leaving from the gates, and I think 400 yards is a good distance for her,” said Garcia. “She really knows what she’s doing out there.”

Marys Coronitas was coming off of a three-quarter length win in a 440-yard Dash For Cash Derby (G3) trial at Lone Star on September 25. The filly has won five of 14 starts, and the $92,000 winner’s share from her second career stakes victory increased her bankroll to $173,029, of which $133,498 has been earned this season.

“She was the fastest qualifier to the Dash For Cash Derby, but she bled and couldn’t run in the final,” said Mendoza. “We got her rested, and tonight she broke pretty good. I wasn’t worried about the inside draw because she runs well from any post position. She will rest and then go run at Remington Park next year.”

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