Coronas Boy Wins Herman Jefferson Stakes
The New Mexico-bred gelding earns his first graded stakes win.
October 1, 2016
Rallying from his early mid-pack position, Victor M. Diaz's Coronas Boy scored his first graded stakes win in the Grade 3, $50,000 Herman Jefferson Stakes at Zia Park on Sunday.
Coronas Boy covered 870 yards in :45.838, and his winning margin was a neck from Kingsbury, who was disqualified from second and placed third following a stewards' inquiry. Jose Enrique Ortiz rode the homebred 7-year-old New Mexico-bred son of Mr Houston for trainer Martin Orona Jr.
Coronas Boy has nine of 34 races, including four stakes, and the $30,000 winner's share of the Herman Jeffferson Stakes purse pushed his bankroll to $435,862, all of which has been earned in New Mexico. The gelding's stakes resume includes victories in the 2013 and '14 New Mexico Cup 870 Championship Stakes (R) at Zia Park.
Executive Trust was placed second and was followed officially by Kingsbury, Ocean Smoke, Swiss Chris, Jess A Hilbily Bone, and Straight From Texas.
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