Champion KVN Corona Headlines All American Derby Trials

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Sunday's 440-yard heats will meet in the September 2, $1,237,604 final at Ruidoso Downs.

Q-Racing Journal

Champion KVN Corona is one of 107 3-year-olds entered in Sunday's All American Derby trials at Ruidoso Downs.

Keith Nellesen's KVN Corona, last year's champion 2-year-old, will make his next start in Sunday's 440-yard All American Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

A gray son of Corona Cartel trained by Paul Jones, KVN Corona has won nine of his 10 starts and has earned $707,110. His lone setback came on June 9, when the colt ran eighth, 2 3/4 lengths behind winner Jess Move You, in the 400-yard, $759,000 Ruidoso Derby (G1).

"He's doing really well," said Lisa Saumell, who manages Jones' New Mexico stable. "He needed more time on the mountain to fully acclimate, so we skipped the Rainbow (Derby).

"He's really intelligent," she added. "We stood him in the gate, and he didn't move a foot."

KVN Corona has won three stakes, all at Los Alamitos, including last year's Grade 1, $1-million Ed Burke Million Futurity. One of four $50,000 supplements to the All American Derby trials, the colt drew post 2 and will be ridden by Ramon Sanchez in the first of 11 trials.

Jess Move You, one of the other four supplements, drew the rail post and will be ridden by Jose Alvarez in the fifth heat. Trained by Rodolfo "Rudy" Valles, 24, for owners Ricardo A. Bernal and Reymundo F. Resendez, the gelded son of world champion Apollitical Jess has won two of his four starts during the Ruidoso meet, including the 400-yard, $759,000 Ruidoso Derby (G1) on June 9.

Other prominent 3-year-olds entered in the All American Derby trials include a pair of graded stakes winning geldings trained by Wes Giles, Uptown Dynasty and Bigg Daddy. A gelded son of champion Mr Jess Perry owned by Melvin Neugebauer of Manzanola, Colorado, Uptown Dynasty is a horse for the Ruidoso course, as he has won seven of his 10 outs over the track, including last year's 350-yard, $800,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) in a dead heat with Eagle Jazz.

Uptown Dynasty qualified to all three of Ruidoso's open Grade 1 futurities last yearr. G.R. Carter Jr. will ride the bay gelding from post 5 in the sixth trial.

Bigg Daddy races for the Vado, New Mexico-based Too For Two partnership. The sorrel son of Bigg Daddy Cartel and 2009 champion 3-year-old filly Alice K White will be stretching out in distance off of his head victory as the odds-on favorite in the 400-yard, $191,000 Zia Derby (RG2) for New Mexico-bred sophomores on July 29.

Bigg Daddy ran second as the fastest qualifier in last year's 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1). G.R. Carter Jr. will ride Bigg Daddy from post 10 in the seventh trial.

The All American Derby is Quarter Horse racing's richest race for 3-year-olds. The 10 fastest qualifiers from Sunday's trials will meet in the September 2, $1,237,604 final.

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