Champion KVN Corona Arrives at Ruidoso Downs

The undefeated Corona Cartel colt is being pointed to the track's Grade 1 derbies.

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KVN Corona, last year's champion 2-year-old colt, is settling into trainer Paul Jones' barn at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Ty Wyant

Keith Nellesen’s KVN Corona, an undefeated son of Corona Cartel and last year's champion 2-year-old colt, has arrived at Ruidoso Downs and is expected to make his local debut in the May 27 Ruidoso Derby (G1) trials.

"He moved in very comfortably; the trip didn't bother him at all," said Lisa Saumell, who manages trainer Paul Jones' stable in New Mexico. "I’ve only known him for two days and I already know he’s really friendly. His groom from Los Alamitos arrived, and that's good. He's been with the horse for two years.

“I think he’s one of those horses that you show him something one time and he says, ‘I got it,'" she added. "He has plenty of time to acclimate to the altitude.”

Raced exclusively at Los Alamitos thus far, KVN Corona has won all eight of his races and has earned $679,534, and his three graded stakes wins include last year's Ed Burke Million (G1) and PCQHRA Breeders' (G2) futurities. The colt is named after Kyle Van Noy, a linebacker for the New England Patriots and a longtime friend of Nellesen.

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