KVN Corona Shines in PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity

The Utah-bred colt stays perfect.

Q-Racing Journal

KVN Corona rallied to win Saturday's Grade 2, 350-yard PCHQRA Breeders' Futurity. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Keith W. Nellesen's KVN Corona, the fastest qualifier and 1-5 favorite, kept his record perfect with a victory in Saturday's $382,200 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Prepped by Paul Jones, KVN Corona went 350 yards in :17.671, and his winning margin was a head from 37-1 longshot Just Walk By. Ramon Sanchez rode the gray Utah-bred son of Corona Cartel.

KVN Corona's human connections
(from left, trainer Paul Jones, jockey
Ramon Sanchez, and owner Keith W.
Nellesen) celebrate the colt's win.
(PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse)

KVN Corona has won all five of his starts, including the 350-yard, $1-million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) in June. The $163,800 winner's share of the purse from his most recent victory pushed the colt's bankroll to $575,250.

“He was really good in paddock and has been a little pro,” Jones said. “He went out on the track and stood in the gates perfect. He broke a little off tonight; he lost his footing a touch and kind of brushed the horse inside him, but not too bad. He didn’t get to the lead right away. He had to work a little tonight to catch (Just Walk By).

"Ramon did a great job riding him," the trainer added. "He let the horse gather himself up and get his feet back under him, and then he asked him to run about midway. He got him rolling and put his stick away and kind of measured him at the wire and caught him and won by a head."

KVN Corona was bred by McColee Land and Livestock LLC. and he sold for $140,000 at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The colt's dam, the Executive Menace mare Executive Looks, won the 2008 Manor Downs Futurity (G1) in Texas and produced Big Lew, a full brother to KVN Corona who won last year's Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).

KVN Corona is named after Kyle Van Noy, an outside linebacker for the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Van Noy, who played college football at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, is a close friend of the Nellesen family.

“My kids are here tonight, it’s the first time they’ve been here, and Kyle is like our child,” Nellesen said. “My youngest daughter actually thinks that he’s her brother. It’s been a special relationship.

“I’m always nervous, especially when (KVN Corona) goes off as the big favorite,” he added. “He showed his class and refused to lose. I’d like to get him out of the gate a little faster, but all that matters is that he got the end first. He’s just a classy horse. Even in the paddock, he’s a really calm horse. It seems like once it’s time to go, he knows it’s time to go. Ramon rides him with a lot of confidence and can kind of feel what’s happening there. Obviously it was a lot closer than everyone thought it was going to, but that’s why they run them."

Nellesen also said that KVN Corona will be pointed to the Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1) trials on November 26.

The Revenant finished third, a nose behind Just Walk By. Hard Headed Chick, Wild Wonder, La Rusa, Apollitical Stone, Rockin Asteroid, and King Of Appeals completed the order of finish.

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