Uno Corona Mas Wins Southern California Derby

The colt scores a wire-to-wire victory at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Jesus Ayala rode Uno Corona Mas to the colt's first stakes victory in Sunday's Southern California Derby. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Uno Corona Mas, a bay son of One Sweet Jess racing for Oscar Andrade and Steve D. Burns, sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's 400-yard, $168,500 Southern California Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Jesus Ayala for trainer Elena Andrade, Uno Corona Mas defeated fastest qualifier and 3-1 favorite Time For Jess by a head in :19.813. The $70,770 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes win pushed the colt's earnings to $103,202, of which $98,992 has been banked this season.

Uno Corona Mas was bred in California by Elena Andrade. The colt's dam, Corona Mas Fina, is a winning and stakes-placed 14-year-old daughter of the Holland Ease stallion Corona Cartel.

Raced exclusively in California, Uno Corona Mas has won three of 11 starts, and he was a finalist in this year's Los Alamitos Winter (G1) and PCQHRA Breeders' (G3) derbies.

Dynasty Energy ran third, three-quarters of a length behind Uno Corona Mas, and was followed by Stevie B First Cash, Ima Fearless Hero, Jess A Pollitician, We Like Corona, Nymph, Thermonuclear Energy, and Jess Good Reason.

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