KVN Corona is the Fastest Qualifier to the Los Alamitos Super Derby

The Corona Cartel colt keeps his perfect record at Los Alamitos intact.

Q-Racing Journal

Fastest qualifier KVN Corona won the second of four Los Alamitos Super Derby trials. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Keith W. Nellesen's KVN Corona on Saturday won the second of four Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) trials and posted the fastest qualifying time to the $925,100 final on November 11.

Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones, KVN Corona defeated fourth-fastest qualifier Call Me Cole by three-quarters of a length while covering 400 yards in :19.671. The Utah-bred colt has won 10 of his 12 starts, including all nine of his outs at Los Alamitos.

KVN Corona was returning to Los Alamitos off of a Ruidoso Downs summer campaign during which he won one of three starts and qualified to the 400-yard, $759,000 Ruidoso Derby (G1) on June 9.

“Super return,” Jones said of KVN Corona's return to California. “This horse just loves this track. This is his home track. He’s just a thrill to train. He’s such a nice horse. We’re really happy that he came back and ran to his form.

"He looked like his old self tonight," the trainer added. "I couldn’t be happier. He traveled home well. He was doing well here. We didn’t get a chance to give him an out before the trials. We just had to train him up to it. The mountain air (in New Mexico) didn’t hurt him coming down from the altitude. He was definitely fit coming home from Ruidoso.”

KVN Corona was bred by McColee Land and Livestock, and he was last year's champion 2-year-old colt. He has earned $710,810.

Second-fastest qualifier Black Fryday won the fourth heat in :19.742. Eddie Garcia rode the California-bred Favorite Cartel gelding for owner Ron Hartley and trainer John Cooper.

Black Fryday has won three of his nine starts this season, including the 400-yard, $203,000 Governor's Cup Derby (RG3) on July 28.

Click here for a complete list of Los Alamitos Super Derby qualifiers.

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