KVN Corona is Morning-Line Choice in $400,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity

The colt puts his undefeated record on the line on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Keith Nellesen's KVN Corona, pictured here winning the Ed Burke Million Futurity, drew post 9 for Saturday's PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Keith Nellesen’s KVN Corona will risk his undefeated mark as the morning-line favorite in Saturday's 350-yard, $400,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

A Utah-bred son of Corona Cartel trained by Paul Jones, KVN Corona has earned $411,450 from four outs -- all at Los Alamitos -- and his resume includes a head victory as the 19-10 favorite in the 350-yard, $1-million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) on June 18.

KVN Corona posted the fastest qualifying time to the PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity when he scored a 2 1/4-length victory in his trial on September 17, his first out in three months.

“He’s been nothing but a star so far,” said Paul Jones. “You never know when you run a horse in terms of what to expect. It had been a long time in between races for him, but we knew that he’s a good horse. We’re just pleased that he ran as good as he did.”

KVN Corona is out of the Executive Menace mare Executive Looks, and he is a full brother to 2016 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) winner Big Lew.

"He's just a professional," said Jones. "He goes in the paddock and he’s a little pro, (then) he goes on the track and does his job."

KVN Corona drew post 9 and will be ridden by Ramon Sanchez. The colt's nine opponents include Ron Hartley's The Revenant, a bay son of Favorite Cartel trained by John Cooper. The Revenant has won two of five starts and has banked $55,400, and his summer campaign included a third-place finish in the 350-yard, $390,000 Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2) on July 29.

"Right now, I don’t think there’s a horse on the grounds that can outrun KVN Corona, but horses make mistakes,” Hartley said. “Our horse needs a good, clean start. He’s never broken on the lead, but hopefully he can put it together in the final. I think if he does, he’ll be right there.” 

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Apollitical Stone (Cruz Mendez), 5-1
Wild Wonder (Roberto C. Hernandez), 15-1
The Revenant (Cesar DeAlba), 9-2
Hard Headed Chick (Cody Jensen), 15-1
King Of Appeals Mv (Jesus Rios Ayala), 12-1
Just Walk By (Eduardo Nicasio), 30-1
La Rusa (Rodrigo Aceves), 20-1
Rockin Asteroid (Oscar Peinado), 15-1
KVN Corona (Ramon Sanchez), 3-5

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