BL Corona Upsets Heavily Favored Astica in NM Filly and Mare Championship

The 4-year-old Southern Corona mare earned her first stakes victory on Wednesday.

Q-Racing Journal

The longest shot in the 10-horse field, BL Corona earned her first stakes win in Wednesday's New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship. PHOTO: Coady Photography

BL Corona, a gray 4-year-old daughter of Southern Corona racing for Bertha S. Irigoyen, outran her 40-1 odds to win the $153,480 New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship (RG1) for state-bred distaffers at Zia Park on Wednesday.

Ridden by Edgar Martinez for trainer Irving Fournier, BL Corona went 400 yards in :19.842 while defeating 3-5 favorite Astica by a neck and ending that rival’s six-race win streak that dates back to July 2014. The $91,800 winner’s share of the purse from the mare’s first career stakes victory boosted her earnings to $165,066.

BL Corona was bred by Jovi Investment Corp. A $12,500 claimer at Sunland Park last year, the mare has won four of 17 outs while racing exclusively in New Mexico.

BL Corona returned an $83.40 win mutuel and teamed with Astica for a $2 exacta payoff of $254. Astica’s chances for her seventh straight victory were compromised by a stumble at the start.

Pretty Woody Jesse, the 5-2 second choice in the full field of 10, finished third to complete a $598.10 ($1) trifecta. Bankie Bay, Genuine Kiss, Watch For Corona, Penny Snatchin, AJ Hardwood, Regal First Moon, and Averyspecialsouthern completed the order of finish.

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