Corona Ranger Wins $309,200 EVD Futurity

The Corona Cartel gelding outran his 19-1 odds on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

A $40,000 buy at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Corona Ranger paid dividends in Saturday's EVD Futurity. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Corona Ranger, a son of Corona Cartel owned by Vanessa Bartoo of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, sprinted to a three-quarter length win in Saturday's 400-yard, $309,200 EVD Futurity at Evangeline Downs.

Prepped by John Stinebaugh, Corona Ranger stopped the timer in :19.768 and posted a 96 speed index under jockey Gilbert Ortiz. The $154,600 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes score bumped the brown gelding's earnings to $169,385.

Corona Ranger was bred in Oklahoma by Bollenbach Farms and was a $40,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale in New Mexico. The gelding's dam, the 11-year-old Azoom mare Azoom Babe, won the 2010 Fair Meadows Belles Stakes and was a finalist in the '09 La Primera del Ano Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.

A half brother to 2016 Rainbow Derby (G1) winner Valiant Rogue, Corona Ranger has won three of seven starts, including a 350-yard, $11,200 first-level allowance dash at Ruidoso Downs on July 29. The gelding was coming off of a second-place finish in his EVD Futurity trial on November 24.

Sunset Run, fastest qualifier EOS A Political Win, Capitan Jimbob, Kas Tempting, SR Shambles, FDD Lajolla, Alluringeyeopener, This Is An Eagle, and Independence B completed the order of finish.

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