Field Set for Grade 1, $3-Million All American Futurity

Coronas First Diva leads the second day of trials on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Grade 3 winner Coronas First Diva was all alone at the wire in the 14th of 15 All American Futurity trials Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Coronas First Diva, a graded stakes winning Corona Cartel filly racing for Sara Leann Morgan, led all All American Futurity (G1) qualifiers on Saturday, the second day of trials for the 440-yard, $3-million stakes at Ruidoso Downs.

Prepped by Charles "Duke" Shults, Coronas First Diva won the 14th of 15 trials by 1 1/4 lengths in :21.500 under jockey James Flores. The filly earned her third win in five outs.

Coronas First Diva was bred in Oklahoma by the Lepic-Mixer Partnership, and she is out of Spit Curl Diva, the sport's champion aged mare in 2010 and '11. She has earned $240,773 from five starts, and she broke her maiden with a three-quarter length victory in the 300-yard, $420,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G3) at Remington Park on March 26.

Coronas First Diva was coming off of a fifth-place finish in the June 4 Heritage Place Futurity (G1), but she broke a lot better on Saturday.

"She always breaks like this, except in the Heritage Place Futurity," said Shults, who added that Coronas First Diva has been in Ruidoso since mid-June.

"We pointed her to the All American Futurity (trials)," Shults said. "We wanted her to be ready and fresh."

Coronas First Diva is the overall second-fastest qualifier. On Friday, Charles E. Robinson's Imperial Eagle won the last of 15 trials by 1 3/4 lengths in :21.499.

Other prominent qualifiers from Saturday's trials include Nueve Racing's Apolltical Chad, a gelded son of Apollitical Jess trained by Wes Giles and the winner of the June 12 Ruidoso Futurity (G1).

Quarter Horse racing's richest and most prestigious race, the All American Futurity will be run on Labor Day, September 5.

All American Futurity Day 2 Qualifiers

Coronas First Diva - :21.500
(F, Corona Cartel-Spit Curl Diva by Spit Curl Jess)
Owner: Sarah Leann Morgan
Breeder: Lepic-Mixer Partnership
Trainer: Charles "Duke" Schults
Jockey: James Flores

One Hot Habit - :21.643
(F, Walk Thru Fire-Jess Another Habit by Mr Jess Perry)
Owner: Turner Farms
Breeder: Vessels Stallion Farm LLC
Trainer: Paul Jones
Jockey: Eduardo Nicacio

One Famous Beau - :21.667
(G, One Famous Eagle-Jumpn Beau Chick by Jumpn)
Owner: Pat Guthrie, Billy Smith, Paul Blanchard, Fred Grooms
Breeder: Javier Garza Francisco
Trainer: Mike Joiner
Jockey: Cody Jensen

Apolltical Chad - :21.685
(G, Apollitical Jess-Fast Prize Tracy by Shazoom)
Owner: Nueve Racing
Breeder: Weetona Stanley and W.E. Smith
Trainer: Wes Giles
Jockey: Adrian Ramos

Gamey Tee Cos - :21.689
(C, Tee Cos-Gamey Girl by Game Patriot)
Owner: Arturo Reyes and Isidro Reyes
Breeder: Richard Ortego
Trainer: Salvadro Soto
Jockey: Manuel Gutierrez

Day 1 Qualifiers

Click here for a list of qualifiers to the All American Juvenile Invitational Stakes, which will also be run on September 5 and will be worth a stakes-record $500,000.

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