Kvn Corona risks per­fect lo­cal record

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Mary Ram­pellini Fol­low Mary Ram­pellini on Twit­ter @DRFRam­pellini

There’s a lot on the line Sun­day in the Grade 1 Los Alami­tos Su­per Derby for Quar­ter Horses – from the race’s purse of $925,100 to a berth in the Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons. There’s even more at stake for Kvn Corona.

The cham­pion will at­tempt to keep his out­stand­ing lo­cal record un­blem­ished. He is 9 for 9 at Los Alami­tos. It’s a track win streak that, ac­cord­ing to track pub­lic­ity, trails only Corona Chick, who won 12 straight races at Los Alami­tos, and Snow­bound Su­per­star, who had a lo­cal streak of 10.

The Su­per Derby is a 400-yard race for 3-year-olds that drew a field of 10. The win­ner will earn a berth in the Grade 1, $600,000 Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons on Dec. 15. The field for Sun­day also in­cludes Jess My Kiss, win­ner of the Grade 1 Los Alami­tos Win­ter Derby, and Jesstacar­tel, win­ner of the Grade 2 Golden State Derby.

Kvn Corona boasts a ca­reer record of 10 for 12 for owner Keith Nelle­sen and trainer Paul Jones. He won the first eight starts of his ca­reer at Los Alami­tos be­fore mak­ing his way to Rui­doso Downs. Kvn Corona made it nine in a row when he won a May trial for the Rui­doso Derby. He then ran eighth in the fi­nale in June, and in his only other start at the moun­tain­top track, he was fourth in his trial for the All Amer­i­can Derby in Au­gust.

Kvn Corona re­turned home and set the fastest qual­i­fy­ing time for the Su­per Derby when he won his 400-yard trial in 19.67 sec­onds on Oct. 20 at Los Alami­tos.

“He ran a good race, got out good, fin­ished well,” Jones said. “It was his first race back com­ing from Rui­doso, so we were re­ally pleased to see him come back and run like he’d been run­ning here.

“He’s a re­ally nice horse. He likes this track. He’s just been su­per here. At Rui­doso, he wasn’t quite ac­cli­mated, didn’t get there real early, had some trou­ble up there. He got back home and back on track.”

Kvn Corona’s wins over the Los Alami­tos sur­face in­clude the Grade 1 Ed Burke Mil­lion Fu­tu­rity, a vic­tory that helped him lock up cham­pion 2-yearold colt honors of 2017. He went 6 for 6 dur­ing that sea­son and this year is 4 for 6. Kvn Corona will break from post 10 un­der Ramon Sanchez.

“I’m re­ally happy with the post draw on the out­side,” said Jones.

Next year, Kvn Corona is sched­uled to en­ter stud at Lazy E Ranch in Ok­la­homa.

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