Corona Cartel Filly Tops First Day of Training Races at Ruidoso

Surfin Corona Beach posted the fastest winning time on Monday.

Edited press release

Trainer Toby Keeton and jockey Esgar Ramirez teamed to win Ruidoso Downs' first training race on Monday with Fire On Fire V. PHOTO: Ty Wyant

Tom Bradbury's Surfin Corona Beach recorded the fastest winning time from 13 300-yard training races at Ruidoso Downs on Monday.

Surfin Corona Beach covered his trip in a hand-timed :15.620 with virtually no wind. The colt was bred in Utah by McColee Land and Livestock LLC, and he is by Corona Cartel out of the multiple stakes winning First Down Dash mare Little Surfer.

Bradbury acquired Surfin Corona Beach for $39,000 at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The colt is trained by Paul Jones, who also won the second training race with Eyes The Favorite, the sixth with Stare Into My Eyes, and the ninth with Jm Johnny Cash.

Jones' New Mexico operation is managed by Lisa Saumell.

Trainer Toby Keeton and jockey Esgar Ramirez, the reigning AQHA champion jockey teamed to win five training races: Fire On Fire V (first race), Olivers Travels (second), Finer Wine (third), Chickie Boom Boom V (10th), and Factual Basis (13th).

Click here to view all training races on Ruidoso Downs' YouTube channel.

Training races continue at Ruidoso Downs on Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (MDT). Many of the 2-year-olds entered in these races are prepping for the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trials on May 26-27.

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