Coronas First Diva Wins Oklahoma Futurity

The Corona Cartel filly breaks her maiden Saturday at Remington Park.

Q-Racing Journal

Second-fastest qualifier Coronas First Diva scores in Saturday's Grade 3, $420,000 Oklahoma Futurity at Remington Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Coronas First Diva, a bay daughter of Corona Cartel and champion Spit Curl Diva racing for Sara Leann Morgan of Edmond, Oklahoma, broke her maiden with a three-quarter length victory in the $420,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G3) at Remington Park on Saturday.

Sent to post as the 7-2 second choice in the field of nine 2-year-olds, Coronas First Diva covered 300 yards in :15.206 and posted a 95 speed index. James Flores rode the filly for trainer Charles "Duke" Shults.

"She didn't leave as good as she could, but she's such a natural -- she caught on quick," said Flores. "I let her get her feet in front of her. I knew I had plenty of horse.

"She'd been training very well," added the rider. "I just let her do her thing, and helped her a little bit on the end and she got us home."

The second-fastest qualifier, Coronas First Diva made her debut with a second-place finish to fastest qualifier KG Johnny B Good in the eighth of 15 trials on March 12. The filly, who was bred in Oklahoma by the Lepic-Mixer Partnership, earned $168,000 to push her bankroll to $169,946 from two outs.

Sweet Annie GL, Good Captain Pepper, Freal, Gronkowski, Feature Moonflash, 9-5 favorite KG Johnny B Good, Im A Pollitician, and Kontemporary completed the order of finish. Fourth-fastest qualifier Southern Tac It was scratched.

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